Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE is pushing back against the growing backlash over his most recent comments in an ongoing barrage of criticism against Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
During a phone interview Friday night on CNN, Trump blamed Kelly’s alleged mistreatment of him during this week’s GOP debate on having "blood coming out of her wherever.”
In a statement released Saturday morning, the Trump campaign insisted the billionaire businessman meant to say “blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever, meaning nose.”
“Only a deviant would think anything else,” the statement continued.
The fallout from Trump’s interview on CNN came swift, with excoriation from both the right and the left that culminated with Trump being uninvited to the 2015 RedState Gathering — a major conservative forum where many presidential candidates are due to speak — by RedState founder and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson.
"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,” Erickson said in a late-night blog post. "It just was wrong.”
In its statement, the Trump campaign called Erickson a “total loser” with "a history of supporting establishment losers in failed campaigns,” adding that "it is an honor to be uninvited from his event."
"Mr. Trump is an outsider and does not fit his agenda,” the campaign said.
The campaign promised to make up for the lost speaking opportunity with an as-yet-announced campaign stop.