Donald Trump’s suggestion that a Fox News journalist had forcefully questioned him at the debate because she was menstruating cost him a speaking slot Saturday at an influential gathering of conservatives in Atlanta.
His escalating barrage at Megyn Kelly of Fox News — who, at the debate, invoked the Democratic accusation of a Republican “war on women” in grilling him about sexist, and sexually suggestive, insults he had publicly directed at women — prompted Erick Erickson, the leader of RedState, a prominent group of conservative activists, to disinvite Trump.
Trump complained Friday on CNN about Kelly’s disposition at the debate, saying, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Trump fired off a defiant salute to the RedState crowd on Twitter Saturday: “I miss you all, and thanks for all of your support. Political correctness is killing our country.”
He added what he thought of his critics: “weakness.”
Pointed criticism from some of Trump’s rivals
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., campaigning in Goose Creek, S.C., unloaded on Trump, saying conservatives are “kidding themselves” if they fall for his anti-establishment politics.
“I can’t imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a Tea Party is,” Paul said, referring to the conservative movement. “Where is our sense? Where is our common sense?”
In a speech at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that the tycoon needed to apologize for his remarks about women. “Do we want to win?” Bush asked. “Do we want to insult 53 percent of all voters?”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who had previously said that Trump should drop out of the presidential race — said the billionaire had merely proven that he did not have the temperament to serve. “Attacking veterans, Hispanics and women demonstrates a serious lack of character and basic decency,” he said.
Want more debates? Your wish is granted
Wisconsin will host at least two presidential debates.
One for Democratic candidates will be held in February or March, the Democratic National Committee said.
The DNC said its other debate locations are Nevada, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida.
The Republican National Committee also plans a November debate in the Badger State.
Wisconsin’s presidential primary is on April 5. It is widely seen as one of the battleground states.
The next Republican presidential debate is Sept. 16 in Simi Valley, Calif. The first Democratic debate is Oct. 13 in Las Vegas.