Donald Trump is facing considerable backlash for a comment he made during a post-debate interview Friday night with CNN’s Don Lemon. During last week’s debate, Fox News Host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump a question regarding his “disparaging comments about women’s looks.” After Kelly asked what Trump later referred to as “a very nasty question,” he skillfully changed the subject and won laughter and applause from the audience.
When speaking of the incident later that night, he told CNN’s Don Lemon: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her – wherever.” The real estate mogul later clarified that by “wherever,” he meant Megyn Kelly’s nose.
I’ll admit that I didn’t believe Trump was talking about her nose when I first heard the comment. According to Trump, however, only a “deviant” or “sick person” would understand his words in such a way. There must be a lot of deviants out there, because Trump’s comment prompted RedState’s Erick Erickson to un-invite him to an event Saturday at which Trump was scheduled to speak.
Erickson doesn’t have much room to talk, however. The blogger has more than a few insults under his belt, such as the time he referred to Michelle Obama as a “Marxist Harpy.” The only difference is that Erickson later apologized for his outrageous statement and Trump did not. As the event began Saturday morning, Trump tweeted to @RedState: “Political correctness is killing our country.”
It seems the other GOP candidates don’t have much to say. When asked about the ordeal, Ted Cruz told the press that Kelly is “a terrific journalist” and performed admirably as debate moderator. “I think every candidate should treat everyone else with civility and respect,” said Cruz. “That’s the standard I try to follow, it’s a standard I hope all of us aspire to.” He abstained from mentioning Trump’s name and quickly changed the subject.
The billionaire made an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” to talk about the blood comment. While he wouldn’t apologize to Kelly, he did brag about the “amazing” relationships he has enjoyed with female coworkers and employees. He reminded George that he “was one of the first people in the construction industry to put women in charge of major construction projects.” When Stephanopoulos asked Trump about his insinuative world choice, he replied that only a “sick person would think that.”