Now that everyone is good and angry about Donald Trump saying that Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” during Thursday’s GOP debate, the Republican front-runner is trying to convince the public that he didn’t mean to suggest that the Fox host was menstruating. “I didn’t even finish the thought. I was going to say nose and/or ears because that’s a very common statement … it’s a statement showing anger,” said Trump on CNN’s State of the Union (he also appeared on ABC, CBS, and NBC’s Sunday shows).
And shame on anyone disgusting enough to think that Trump — a man who launched his presidential campaign by saying that most undocumented Mexican immigrants are “rapists” — would stoop so low as to make a period joke: “Only a deviant would say that what I said was what they were referring to. You almost have to be sick to put that together.”
In fact, Trump — who, when confronted by Kelly on Thursday, stood by his decision to call Rosie O’Donnell a “pig,” among other things — cares deeply about women. Trying to shift the conversation to competitor Jeb Bush’s recent, poorly received statement about funding women’s health care, Trump said, “When you’re negative on women’s health, you can forget about it.” He continued: “I’m the exact opposite. I cherish women. I want to help women. I’m going to be able to do things for women that no other candidate would be able to do, and it’s very important to me.”
But watch out, ladies! When asked about how he called Bette Midler “grotesque,” as well as the time he compared Gail Collins to a dog, Trump responded: “When I’m attacked, I fight back. When I was attacked viciously by those women, of course it’s very hard for them to attack me on looks, because I’m so good-looking.”
Let’s take the high road.