The frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination Donald Trump has had his invitation to a Red State conference in Atlanta revoked. Conservatives and other Republican Presidential candidates took a more hostile stance towards the billionaire after his comments on Friday.
Donald Trump, the real estate mogul and Presidential hopeful who gained support of conservative Republicans in the national polls has been a guest on CNN on Friday and according to Reuters, when asked about the moderator of the primary Republican debate on Thursday, Megyn Kelly he said “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
During the Republican debate on Fox News Trump was asked by Kelly about comments he has made of women being “fat pigs”, “slobs” and “dogs”. He dismissed Kelly and said he does not appreciate “political correctness” and even accused Kelly for not treating him well. He added “Honestly Megyn, if you don’t like it, I’m sorry. I’ve been very nice to you although I could probably maybe not be based on the way you have treated me.” The statement got boos from the audience; however Trump continued his bashing of Kelly during a CNN interview, which made Red State chief Erick Erickson angry and disinvited Trump as a keynote speaker of the conference in Atlanta.
According to Reuters Erickson said “While I have tried to give him great latitude, his remark about Megyn Kelly was a bridge too far. 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. He is not a professional politician and is known for being a blunt talker. But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines.” He replaced Trump with Kelly, one of Fox’s most reputable news anchors. Erickson also read some emails that the conservative Red State organization received from Trump supporters in which they referred to President Obama using racial slurs. He added “I’ve got to tell you guys, I made the right decision. These are the people I don’t ever want at a Red State event.”
Many Republican Presidential contenders have made statements regarding Trump’s offense including Scott Walker, Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki and the clear winner of the low-polling candidates debate Carly Fiorina. They expressed their concerns of his leadership of the Republican field and doubt that he is worthy to represent the Republican Party in the 2016 Elections.
According to Reuters, South Carolina Senator Graham said “Enough already with Mr. Trump. As a party, we are better to risk losing without Donald Trump than trying to win with him.”
A group of Republican presidential candidates have spoken at Red State events and Trump was scheduled for an appearance. His campaign stated “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. We’ll now be doing another campaign stop at another location.”
The billionaire celebrity has lost senior advisers of his campaign due to these statements and has time to regain his support among Republicans and change the direction of his campaign until the 16th of September when the second Republican debate has been scheduled to take place in Simi Valley, California.