Monday, August 10, 2015
DONALD TRUMP-WHY THE MEDIA IS MESMERIZED AND REPUBLICANS ARE NERVOUS.
OTHER TRUMP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES NEWS
Trump refuses to apologize for 'blood' remark-AFP-AUG 9,15-YAHOONEWS
Washington (AFP) - Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Sunday refused to apologize for a crude attack on a female Fox News journalist that sparked widespread outrage, insisting he was misunderstood.The brash billionaire -- who is leading a packed Republican field of White House hopefuls -- found himself at the center of controversy after seeming to suggest that Megyn Kelly, one of the moderators of last week's presidential debate, asked him tough questions because she was menstruating."You can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever," Trump told CNN on Friday. The comment prompted the organizer of a major conservative forum in Atlanta to withdraw his invitation.But on Sunday, Trump said only "sick" people or a "deviant" would have concluded he was talking about Kelly's period."I cherish women. I want to help women," Trump said in a phone interview with CNN's "State of the Union" news program."Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about it."When asked why many of his fellow candidates and conservative pundits had reached the same conclusion about his comment, Trump replied: "They want to be politically correct. They want to get points. I'm leading in the polls."Trump nevertheless did not offer an apology, saying only that he had "nothing against" Kelly -- and then he doubled down on his criticism of her, again saying she had asked him "unfair" questions during the debate.In an interview with Fox News before Trump's "blood" comment, Kelly appeared unfazed by the debate dust-up."He felt attacked. It wasn’t an attack. It was a fair question. But I get it. He’s in the arena and so am I. It’s ok with me that there is some consternation. He will get over that," she said.When asked about being attacked, she said: "I’m a big girl. I can take it."Trump's top political advisor Roger Stone left the campaign on Saturday, saying on Twitter he disagreed with the "diversion to food fight with @megynkelly."- Trump adversaries score points -Trump's adversaries seized the opportunity to score points against the unlikely frontrunner."There's no excuse for this," former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina -- the only woman in the Republican field -- told Fox News Sunday."You don't get things done by insulting people."Rand Paul, who was quick to challenge Trump in the debate on Thursday night, hit out at him again on Sunday."I don't think we should reward vulgarity. I don't think vulgarity equates to insight. Because you can call someone stupid or fat, is that really what we're going to make the decision on for who is going to be our nominee?" he told Fox News.Several of the candidates including Fiorina and Jeb Bush have asked Trump to apologize. Kelly has so far not commented.Other Republican candidates, like Ohio Governor John Kasich, refused to be drawn into a controversy seen as damaging the party's chances with women voters.- History of misogynist remarks -Trump's history of misogynist remarks has made for incendiary electoral fodder since Thursday's debate."You've called women you don't like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals," Kelly said in her opening question to the real estate mogul."Only Rosie O'Donnell," Trump shot back, referring to the comedian with whom he'd had a lengthy public spat.Recalling the exchange on ABC's "This Week," Trump said the question was "very, very nasty" but he appeared to take comfort in the audience's reaction to his retort."It was the biggest combination of laughter and applause. The place went crazy."In his multiple interviews on the Sunday talk shows, Trump also took aim at Bush, who had himself been in hot water over a comment on funding for women's health."Jeb was very negative on women's health. And when you're negative on women's health, you can forget about it," Trump said.It was unclear what impact the latest Trump controversy will have on his electoral fortunes.Before the debate, he was leading in national Republican polls with 24 percent to Bush's 13. He had posted even stronger showings in state polls in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Georgia and was in a virtual tie with Bush in his home state of Florida.Past controversies over Trump's disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants, the wartime record of Republican John McCain and the intelligence of his Republican rivals have so far fueled his rise in the polls."We're doing fantastically well with the campaign. The numbers are incredible," Trump said on ABC's "This Week.""It's full speed ahead. I'm having a good time. I really love it."
Donald Trump: Why the media is mesmerized and Republicans are nervous-Donald Trump says his comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly were misunderstood and that he ‘cherishes women.’ But many conservatives and GOP officials are worried about Trump’s dominant position among presidential candidates.Christian Science Monitor By Brad Knickerbocker-AUG 9,15
He’s roiled the 2016 presidential campaign and its 16 other declared candidates, sucking the air out of the political room with his controversial comments and forcing the others to respond rather than devote time to their own messaging.Some dismiss Mr. Trump’s outbursts and critical observations as antics – all sparkle and flash, minus substance – to be expected from the billionaire developer and star of his own reality TV show who’s never held elective office.“Trump isn’t and wasn’t going to get the conservative vote,” Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the Union Leader newspaper in New Hampshire, wrote in an email to The New York Times. “Conservative Republicans are worried about their party, but it’s still their party. Trump isn’t philosophically a conservative, and that will come out.”“Trump’s base is more the people who used to have season tickets to the Roman Colosseum,” Mr. McQuaid wrote. “Not sure that they vote in great numbers, but they like blood sport.”Other conservatives aren’t so dismissive.“It’s not over. And it’s likely to end badly,” warns Stephen Hayes, senior writer at The Weekly Standard.Of Trump’s controversial comment about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, widely seen as crude and misogynistic, Mr. Hayes writes: “It’s a comment that might end any other presidential campaign. Trump is different, in part because this isn’t a campaign. It’s an extended media-driven ego ride.”Pushing the GOP’s so-called “war on women” may be a good political ploy for Democrats, but the gender gap in party identification and voting trends is quite real. And Trump’s history of insulting remarks and troubling episodes with women were sure to be recapped following his dismissive “political correctness” answer to Ms. Kelly’s question during last week’s debate – especially since he’s the party’s presidential front-runner at the moment. (He’s nearly 12 percentage points ahead of second-place Jeb Bush.)"It taps into a perception that's been around for decades now that the challenges that different groups of women face are not front and center for the GOP and that Democrats will take these concerns more seriously," Princeton University political historian Julian Zelizer told the Monitor’s Gail Russell Chaddock. "Republicans need a response to that."On the Sunday TV news shows, Trump said his comment about Kelly’s critical line of questioning – “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” – was misunderstood."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," Trump told CNN's Jake Tapper.As a result of Trump’s comment about Kelly, Erick Erickson of RedState.com disinvited Trump from the conservative gathering in Atlanta Saturday.“There are just real lines of decency a person running for President should not cross,” Mr. Erickson wrote on his website. “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.”Part of the problem for the GOP: Trump is a registered Republican, but there’s never been any indication of party loyalty.Drawing on New York City Board of Elections records, The Smoking Gun reported that he initially registered as a Republican (in 1987), reenrolled as a member of the Independence Party (1999), became a Democrat (2001), switched back to the GOP (2009), changed his registration to read “I do not wish to enroll in a party” (2011), before registering once again as a Republican (2012).In the GOP debate on Fox News the other night, he refused to rule out running as an independent or third-party candidate.While Trump may be roiling the GOP, his own campaign has been shaken as well by the latest flap. Top political advisor Roger Stone quit – or was fired, if you accept Trump’s version of events.In a letter to Trump, Mr. Stone wrote: “Your initial and still underlying message is a solid conservative message. It catapulted you instantly into a commanding lead in the race…. Unfortunately, the current controversies involving personalities and provocative media fights have reached such a high volume that it has distracted attention from your platform and overwhelmed your core message. With this current direction of the candidacy, I no longer can remain involved in your campaign.”Where do things go from here? Trump is his own kind of politician, a rhetorical pugilist unlikely to fold or back down in the face of criticism, a man for whom the normal definition of (and typical response to) a perceived “gaffe” does not apply. (Note: In 2013, he was inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Fame.) One does not sense that he really cares if he wins the Republican nomination, that making his points – say, about immigration – is enough to satisfy him.“While I suspect that the Trump hype is driven by curiosity more than admiration, there is no doubt some segment of the population is properly understood now as ‘Trump supporters.’ That segment is small and will be shrinking in the coming weeks, but it won’t disappear,” writes Stephen Hayes of the conservative Weekly Standard. “It’s foolish to pretend to know how it all ends. But one thing is certain: It won’t end well.”
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