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Donald Trump and the 'War on Women': GOP Confident Mogul Will Lose the Battle

August 9, 2015 in Blogs

By Ben Jacobs, Lauren Gambino, The Guardian

With Democrats focused on remarks about Fox anchor Megyn Kelly, Republican candidates, strategists and voters play down poll leader’s impact and chances.

It has been a dizzying few days for Donald Trump. But as the dust swirls from his latest provocation – a controversial remark about Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly – the party that has until now begrudgingly tolerated him has shown itself ready to cut him loose.

As Democrats focused with glee on Trump’s remark and what it may say about the so-called Republican “war on women”, GOP strategists said they expected the real-estate mogul would not stay the course. Such operatives are instead focused on how to engage those voters who have propelled Trump to the top of the polls, once he has been jettisoned from the contest.

On Saturday one strategist, Liz Mair, told the Guardian: “It’s a very good thing for the GOP that Trump is basically self-destructing in front of our eyes.”

Trump’s latest controversy exploded in an interview with CNN on Friday, when he appeared to imply that Kelly had questioned him so directly in the first debate on Thursday – when she quizzed him about his previous derogatory statements about women – because she was menstruating. 

The real-estate mogul, who thanks to his poll numbers took centre stage in Cleveland on Thursday night, said Kelly “had blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”. 

The remark earned him criticism from his own party, as well as from Democrats. On Friday and Saturday, several Republican challengers piled on.

“What Donald Trump said is wrong,” Jeb Bush told conservative activist Erick Erickson, who uninvited Trump from the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, which he organizes, after the candidate’s attack on Kelly.

“Your decision, I think, was the right one,” Bush added. “Mr Trump ought to apologize.

In true Trump fashion, he refused to do so. On Saturday, he sought instead to clarify the remark, saying he meant that …read more


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