Backlash: Erick Erickson Disinvites Donald Trump from RedState Conservative Confab [Video]

Backlash: Erick Erickson Disinvites Donald Trump from RedState Conservative Confab [Video]

I think Trump was taken out of context, but it is Erick Erickson’s gathering and people need to respect that. He brought it together and he calls the shots there. Having said that, I still stand strongly against Megyn Kelly’s attacks on Trump during the debate. I thought it was politically and personally motivated and unprofessional. Trump’s comments afterwards were vintage Trump. I really don’t think he was referring to that time of the month for Kelly. He claims he was making a reference to a bloody nose and I tend to believe him on that. I think the candidates should have stayed out of all of this. I find it disappointing that Carly Fiorina would insert herself into the middle of a political cat fight. As far as Pataki goes, meh. He should just exit stage right and stop trying desperately to be part of the show.

AP/Andrew Harnik

AP/Andrew Harnik

From Breitbart:

Backlash against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for his comments attacking Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly has led to several of his competitors criticizing him and an invitation to speak at the RedState Gathering rescinded late Friday.

As Breitbart News reported, Trump was unhappy with some of the questions Kelly asked him when she was moderating Thursday evening’s GOP Debate, and in an appearance on CNN Tonight on Friday said that Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” Many interpreted this comment as inappropriate or even sexist.

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Carly Fiorina, the only female in the Republican presidential primary, was the first among the Republican field to criticize Trump’s words, posting two tweets Friday evening. “Mr. Trump, There. Is. No. Excuse.” and “I stand with @megynkelly,” she wrote, as Breitbart News reported.


Donald Trump

Trump was originally scheduled to have a plum speaking slot at the RedState Gathering in Atlanta on Sunday, but RedState Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson rescinded Trump’s invite. He first posted the news on Twitter, calling Trump’s comments “a bridge too far,” and then later followed up with a longer post at RedState explaining his decision.

Donald Trump

Erickson, who for years has been a vocal critic of Republican establishment figures like Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and wrote a post endorsing the “Sweet Meteor of Death” over former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) in 2012, praised Trump for not being a “professional politician” and for being known as a “blunt talker.”

Trump “connects with so much of the anger in the Republican base and is not afraid to be outspoken on a lot of issues,” wrote Erickson. However, he continued:

But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross.

Decency is one of those lines…

[W]hile Mr. Trump resonates with a lot of people with his bluntness, including me to a degree, there are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross.

His comment was inappropriate. 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.

Erickson concluded by noting that he had invited Kelly to speak in Trump’s place, although it was not yet clear if she would be able to make it given the short notice.

In an interview with Robert Costa at the Washington Post, Erickson said that he had a “combative” phone call with Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, asking him to “clarify the remark.” Erickson was dissatisfied with Lewandowski’s explanation and emailed him to tell him that Trump was no longer invited to speak at the RedState Gathering.

“I didn’t think it was a genuine clarification,” said Erickson. “When I first talked to him, he didn’t want to even admit that Donald Trump made the remark.” Erickson told Costa that Lewandowski kept focusing on the “blood in her eyes” comment and not the second half of the quote, despite repeated questioning, and then tried to characterize it as Trump misspeaking. “I didn’t accept that he misspoke, based on the context of the video,” said Erickson.

Erickson rejected Costa’s suggestion that he was acting as a “referee for the conservative movement to keep Trump from riling the race,” saying that he “didn’t want to give [Trump] a hard time” and did not like that he “had to disinvite him.”

“But there are bounds of what’s acceptable in our discourse and they’re not different for you, or me, or someone else,” he explained. “I’m not going to have a guy on stage with my wife and daughter in the crowd who thinks a tough question from a woman is because of hormones.”

Politico also reported on the story, noting that Erickson told reporters that Trump had “disqualified himself at this point” from the Republican nomination for President and predicted that this would mark the “beginning of the end” for Trump’s campaign.

“When you make comments about a reporter like that —look, I’ve made plenty of comments about reporters in the past, male and female, but I’ve never once suggested one of them was angry because it was her time of the month,” said Erickson. “That’s just a party foul. No candidate should do something like that, I’m embarrassed to even talk about what he’s implying.”

The Trump campaign responded in a statement released to the press attacking Erickson. “This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct. 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 statement read.

Erickson remained unfazed by Trump’s attack on him, tweeting that he thought that what was really weak and pathetic was “blaming a tough question on hormones” and that it was his event and his microphone, reminiscent of President Ronald Reagan’s famous quote during a 1980 New Hampshire debate, “I am paying for this microphone.”

Donald Trump

Here is the meat of Donald Trump’s press release over this whole dust up:

Donald J. Trump Statement on RedState Gathering

Mr. Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad — she was a mess with her anger and totally caught off guard. Mr. Trump said “blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever” meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics. Only a deviant would think anything else. This related to the debate, which because of Mr. Trump had 24 million viewers — the biggest in cable news history. According to TIME, Newsmax, Drudge Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hill and many others, Mr. Trump won the debate.

By the way, the guy (Erick Erickson) who made the decision about RedState called Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat [expletive] child molester” and First Lady Michelle Obama a “Marxist Harpy.” He was forced to make a humbling apology.

Also, not only is Erick a total loser, he has a history of supporting establishment losers in failed campaigns so it is an honor to be uninvited from his event. Mr. Trump is an outsider and does not fit his agenda.

Many of the 900 people that wanted to hear Mr. Trump speak tonight have been calling and emailing—they are very angry at Erickson and the others that are trying to be so politically correct. To them Mr. Trump says, “We will catch you at another time soon.”

This is what happens when you sling mud in a political fight – everyone gets splattered and dirty. Now, I agree with Erick… Mooch is a Marxist harpy. No shame in the truth there folks. The Souter remark… well, I’m sure it was said in the heat of the moment and I don’t have it in context here. Just for the record, Erick Erickson is a good guy and a patriot. You can disagree with what he did today, but he loves his country, just as I’m sure Donald Trump does. I find Trump refreshing and I admire his backbone. But I think the name calling really needs to stop on both sides. We’ve got more pressing issues to address guys and personality beefs are a dangerous distraction from the battle at hand.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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