Has Donald Trump finally gone too far? While many of us have just come to expect provocative and controversial from his lips — and, indeed, that is part of his appeal for some — Trump’s latest slam on Fox News’ host and debate moderator Megyn Kelly is drawing the sharpest criticism and consequences yet from conservatives and Trump allies.
While high-profile Trump friends such as Rupert Murdoch are coming out publicly to scold Trump, conservative blog RedState.com just disinvited the leading political candidate from its RedState Gathering gathering today, where he was to have delivered the keynote tonight.
Invited in Trump’s place? None other than Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, the target of Trump’s bashing.
Perhaps an indication of just how far he’d gone this time was the fact that Trump himself felt the need to walk back his latest comments.
Via CNN:Donald Trump’s latest controversial comment created such an uproar that he’s been disinvited from a conservative gathering Saturday in Atlanta.
At issue: Trump’s comments on “CNN Tonight” about Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who moderated a GOP presidential candidate debate Thursday night.
During the debate, she pressed Trump about misogynistic, sexist comments he made in the past, such as calling some women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
Trump slammed Kelly, saying her questions were “ridiculous” and “off-base.”
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN’s Don Lemon on Friday night. “Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Saturday morning, Trump attempted to clarify the remark on Twitter.
“Re Megyn Kelly quote: ‘you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever’ (NOSE). Just got on w/thought”
Trump also slammed “‘politically correct’ fools in our country,” tweeting that “we have to all get back to work and stop wasting time and energy on nonsense!”
But the comment crossed the line, said RedState.com editor Erick Erickson. He disinvited Trump from the RedState Gathering, a conservative event featuring GOP presidential hopefuls this weekend in Atlanta. Trump was scheduled to give the keynote speech Saturday night.
“I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the presidency,” Erickson wrote.
“He is not a professional politician and is known for being a blunt talker. He connects with so much of the anger in the Republican base and is not afraid to be outspoken on a lot of issues. But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines.”
Republican stalwart and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch praised debate moderators Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace — while criticizing his friend Trump.
“Friend Donald has to learn this is public life,” Murdoch tweeted.
Erickson said while he likes Trump personally, “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.”
But the Trump campaign fired back, saying “this is just another example of weakness through being politically correct.”
But the RedState Gathering will go on without Trump. This year, the annual event features fellow GOP presidential candidates Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker.
As for the newly vacant spot at the RedState Gathering, Erickson has invited Kelly to replace Trump.
While I’m certainly not a fan of political correctness, there is a difference between speaking the truth in a clear and common sense way and the type of personal, verging on ad hominem attacks Trump’s been waging on Megyn Kelly. And, as a woman, I’m one of the last to take offense at comments others may perceive as misogynist or sexist; however, there are limits. In this case, the fact that Trump himself felt the need to walk back his “blood” comments says a lot.