Top Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has been un-invited from a gathering of influential conservatives this weekend, over what an organizer said was a “hostile” and “inappropriate” comment.
The annual RedState Gathering is being held in Atlanta and was scheduled to include Trump as a Saturday night keynote speaker.
Erick Erickson, the RedState.com editor, said he “disinvited” Trump for a comment he made Friday about Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly, who asked him during a televised primary debate Thursday about previous comments about women.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN. “Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Erickson said: “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.”
He also said the Trump campaign said the candidate meant to say “whatever,” not “where ever.”
But the explanation was not enough to change the mind of Erickson, who says he understands Trump’s bluntness, how he has tapped into disaffected voters and that the Republican establishment is failing to treat him as a “legitimate” candidate.
“This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct,” a Trump campaign spokesperson said. “For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader.”
The spokesperson also said Trump will do another campaign event at a different location.
“As much as I do personally like Donald Trump, his comment … is a bridge too far for me,” Erickson also said. “His comment was inappropriate. It is unfortunate to have to disinvite him.”
Those also scheduled to participate in the event include other Republican presidential candidates New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
First of all, yes, Trump is going to have to tone it down with some of his responses. Being flippant and insulting isn’t all that presidential.
But, Erickson, uninviting Trump doesn’t change the fact that Trump is the lead candidate running for the Republican nomination. Now, everyone looks just a bit smaller. These people need to learn how to take lemons and make lemonade.