Trump shut out of conservative conclave due to offensive remarks

Washington, Aug 9 (IANS) Magnate and presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been shut out of an important conservative gathering being held this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, where he would have been the main speaker, due to some comments he made about a female Fox TV moderator, which for many went way too far.

“(Trump) is not a professional politician and is known for being a blunt talker. He connects with so much of the anger in the Republican base and is not afraid to be outspoken on a lot of issues. But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines,” Erick Erickson, director of the conservative blog RedState, said on Saturday in an editorial, reports Efe.

RedState is hosting an influential conservative event this weekend in Atlanta, attended by nine of the 17 candidates for the Republican primaries leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Trump was supposed to be the last speaker on Saturday night, given that he was leading in the polls and has made the campaign all about himself with his outrageous remarks.

The last of them, even for many conservatives, went too far – on Friday in an interview on CNN he insinuated that Fox moderator Megyn Kelly didn’t treat him right in Thursday’s Republican debate because she was menstruating.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her – wherever,” Trump said about Kelly, the only woman among the three moderators, and whose incisive questioning of the magnate was the most commented on following the first big presidential debate for the 2016 election.

For the organizer of the conservative RedState event, as for many in the US, Trump’s remark about Kelly “was a bridge too far”.

“His comment was inappropriate. 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 was just wrong,” Erickson said in his statement.

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