ATLANTA (WXIA) – Conservative columnist and commentator Erick Erickson disinvited Donald Trump from a conservative gathering he is hosting, calling Trump's latest tirade against Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly "inappropriate."
Trump was slated to speak at the annual RedState gathering alongside other White House GOP hopefuls this weekend. The event was slated to culminate with a three-hour "RedState Tailgate" at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta hosted by Trump Saturday evening.
In a scathing blog post late Friday night, Erickson said that he had given a lot of latitude to Trump due to his reputation as a "blunt talker" and not being a professional politician. However, Erickson says, there is a line of decency that Trump crossed during a CNN interview Friday night with comments about Fox News commentator Megyn Kelly.
"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," Trump said during the Friday night prime time interview with Don Lemon. "Blood was coming out of her wherever."
Trump on Megyn Kelly: She had 'blood coming out of her wherever'
Trump slammed Kelly's behavior as a moderator at Thursday night's Republican debate, and has taken many opportunities – in interviews and on Twitter – to excoriate her since the end of the debate.
Erickson said that Trump's comments on CNN were over the line of decency, and completely "inappropriate."
"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 wrote in the blog post on RedState.com.
Erickson says he has invited Kelly to attend in Trump's place Saturday night.
According to Time magazine, a Trump campaign spokesman released a statement criticizing Erickson and promising to come to Atlanta and hold a campaign stop in another location.
"This is just another example of weakness through being politically correct. For all of the people who were looking forward to Mr. Trump coming, we will miss you. Blame Erick Erickson, your weak and pathetic leader. We'll new be doing another campaign stop at another location," the spokesman's statement said.
The Establisment RNC went after Reagan, too. Trump is no Reagan, but then that's not the point. The point is that the Establishment RNC is no Reagan. So from a voters standpoint, Trump is just as good as ANYTHING the Establishment RNC has to offer. In fact, just being "different" and "not controlled" by them, makes Trump a "better" choice for the voters.
Boycott RedState. Erick Erickson exceeded his authority when he disinvited Trump. He is NOT THE conservative anointed defender of "decency" he claims to be. He's a petit Establishment tool.