Donald Trump Crosses Red State Red Line
Erick Erickson has disinvited Donald Trump from the RedState Gathering. What finally pushed him over the edge?
As much as I do personally like Donald Trump, his comment about Megyn Kelly on CNN is a bridge too far for me.
In a CNN interview, Mr. Trump said of Megyn Kelly, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
It was not the “blood coming out of her eyes” part that was the problem.
I think there is no way to otherwise interpret Mr. Trump’s comment. In an attempted clarification, Mr. Trump’s team tells me he meant “whatever”, not “where ever.”
I think that is true. And I’ve been very sympathetic to Donald Trump because so many of the people who have led the party astray refuse to even treat him as a legitimate candidate.
But I also think that while Mr. Trump resonates with a lot of people with his bluntness, including me to a degree, there are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross.
His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him. But I just don’t want someone on stage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal. It just was wrong.
I agree that this is an immature, insulting comment coming from a man who’s being taken seriously as a contender for the presidency of the United States. But this is Donald Trump we’re talking about. He’s made way worse comments about women before—indeed, that was the focus of one of Kelly’s questions at the debate—and doubled down on them in the debate itself. Vox’s Libby Nelson and WaPo’s Carlos Lozada round up some of the highlights, almost all of which are worse than implying a reporter’s hostile questions are a result of cyclical hormonal fluctuation. Aside from the fact that Kelly is an attractive, conservative woman and the other targets aren’t, there’s no reason this particular act of douchbaggery trumps the others.
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