During the debate, Kelly asked Trump to respond to derogatory statements he had made in the past about women, calling them “fat pigs” for example.
That was too much for RedState’s Erickson, who posted this just before midnight Friday: “I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency”.
An exasperated Mike Huckabee had enough of the seemingly endless Trump questions.
“Trump’s name was thrown around to get people to buy a ticket”, said Del Casale, “A lot of us that were talking feel like it’s been bait and switch”.
“I’m hoping that Mr. Trump, because he does speak off the cuff, because he doesn’t ascribe to political correctness, was speaking in a way that wasn’t fully thought out”, Spicer said. He’s also criticized Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton’s looks, said that women aren’t amusing as men, and celebrated Donald Trump’s Rosie O’Donnell bashing. When he got another, the former Arkansas governor quipped: “I’m running for president”.
Jeb Bush said Trump threatens the GOP’s 2016 prospects with female voters, who already favor Democrats in presidential elections.
Trump largely dismissed Kelly’s question at the debate, but on Friday he went directly after her.
Dulcy Forte of Austin, Texas, countered that Trump’s bigger sin was his refusal in the debate to pledge support to the eventual GOP nominee if it’s not him.
“I don’t know if that was what he was alluding to or not, I can’t see into his soul”, said RedState attendee Lyn Murphy.
Still more attendees said they are not necessarily Trump supporters but want other candidates and party leaders to take heed of his rise. “And honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry”, Trump said.
Jack Staver, a business consultant from Woodstock, Georgia, said Trump’s rivals could benefit from emulating his style, even if it gets him into trouble.
“What makes you dominant and me submissive, and who died and made you Scientist-in-Chief?” “I haven’t seen a lot of that in this campaign”.
Other GOP presidential candidates – all of whom are trailing Trump in national polls – weighed in. However, Donald Trump missed out on the opportunity to call Erick Erickson out for his own troubling habit of making sexist comments. Vox recently labeled Erickson a “prominent sexist” and provided plenty of evidence that the conservative activist also enjoys insulting women.
Huckabee, even in his frustration Saturday, said Trump has “tapped into an anger” among the electorate. “I would say it’s pretty unprofessional, but we will live with it”.
But Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN Saturday morning that Trump will not hold an event Saturday night.
In an interview with Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight“, Trump on Friday accused Fox of asking “vicious”, unfair questions at the debate and called Kelly “overrated”.
According to an email obtained by the Associated Press, Stone wrote to Trump, “The current controversies involving personalities and provocative media fights have reached such a high volume that it has distracted attention from your platform and overwhelmed your core message”. Lindsey Graham said in a statement that Trump’s statements “are not worthy of the office he is seeking”.