GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenate passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown Critics of Jeff Sessions's LGBT case don't know their history (or his) Senate advances funding measure, avoiding shutdown MORE said on Sunday that he will strongly defend himself from critics regardless of their gender.
“When I’m attacked, I fight back,” Trump told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
“I was attacked very viciously by those women,” he said of female opponents whom his detractors say he demeaned.
“What they said about me is far worse than what I said about them,” Trump added. “Am I allowed to defend myself? I want to get back to the country. We have such problems.”
Trump then said he will not apologize to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
“I consider an apology a big deal,” Trump said.
“I will apologize if I’m wrong about something,” he said. “But I don’t like apologizing when I’m not wrong.”
“I said nothing wrong,” the New York business mogul added. “I don’t talk that way. Only a deviant would think that, Chuck.”
Trump was uninvited to Saturday’s RedState Gathering, a prominent conservative forum in Atlanta, for his comments about Kelly the night before.
The outspoken billionaire, during an interview with CNN on Aug. 7, criticized Kelly's performance during the first GOP presidential debate.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told Don Lemon. “Blood coming out of her wherever.”
That statement inspired widespread outrage, with many calling his comments demeaning toward Kelly.
Kelly first angered Trump by questioning him over his past treatment of women. Language he has used such as “slob” and “fat pig,” she argued, raises concerns that Trump is at times misogynistic.