Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who is facing flak for his "sexiest" remarks against a woman TV anchor, has fired his top political adviser who, however, insisted that he had quit himself due to the real-estate tycoon's "trash-talking".
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, who is facing flak for his “sexiest” remarks against a woman TV anchor, has fired his top political adviser who, however, insisted that he had quit himself due to the real-estate tycoon’s “trash-talking”.
Trump, who delivered an explosive performance during the first prime-time Republican presidential debate on Fox News, yesterday said he fired his top advisor Roger Stone.
“Mr Trump fired Roger Stone last night. We have a tremendously successful campaign and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity. He has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again,” his campaign spokesperson said in a statement.
A veteran political consultant, Stone however shot back, saying he resigned and was not fired.
Stone said his resignation was spurred by Trump’s decision to continue trash-talking Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after Thursday night’s debate.
“Sorry @realDonaldTrump didn’t fire me – I fired Trump. Diasagree with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly away core issue messages,” Stone tweeted yesterday.
Stone, a former aide to President Richard Nixon who has known Trump for several decades, helped with the candidate’s debate preparations.
The working relationship between Stone and Trump became strained when Trump made controversial comments about Kelly in an interview with the CNN.
“You can see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever,” Trump said, suggesting that the woman presidential debate moderator was tough on him because she was menstruating.
Trump, who has been in media limelight for his controversial statements ever since he declared his presidential candidacy, faced backlash from various sections including his own Republican party over the remarks he made about Kelly, who was one of the three journalists to host the primary debate.
Trump and his campaign, however, later clarified on his statement.
“Re Megyn Kelly quote: ‘you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever’ (NOSE). Just got on w/thought”, Trump tweeted.
A statement issued by his campaign said, “Mr Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad — she was a mess with her anger and totally caught off guard. Mr Trump said ‘blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever’ meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics.”
“Only a deviant would think anything else. This related to the debate, which because of Trump had 24 million viewers — the biggest in cable news history. According to TIME, Newsmax, Drudge Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Hill and many others, Trump won the debate,” the campaign said.
Trump’s “sexist” comment unleashed a new storm of criticism.
Rick Perry, the former Texas Governor and a presidential candidate, said Trump has proven once again that he does not have the temperament to hold the highest office.
“Attacking veterans, Hispanics and women demonstrates a serious lack of character and basic decency, and his comments distract from the serious issues facing our country,” he said.
Following the remarks, Red State’s Erick Erickson, rescinded his invitation for Trump to speak at a conservative gathering last night, which was attended by top Republican presidential candidate.
“I wanted to have him here as a legitimate candidate, but no legitimate candidate suggests a female asking questions does so because she’s hormonal,” Erickson told reporters.
“Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse. I stand with @MegynKelly,” twitted former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the only Republican woman presidential candidate.
Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America also slammed Trump over his remarks.
“Does he have a problem with women?Â Three wives would suggest that yes, maybe there’s a problem. The good news is that Kelly is a mother of toddlers and knows how to deal with petulance and tantrums,” she said.
“Every presidential election since 1964 has been carried by women. Women don’t like mean and we certainly won’t vote for men or women we don’t trust.
Trumps biggest woman problem is how does he convince women to trust him to keep America safe?” Nance said.
Another Republican presidential candidate George Pataki, called Trump’s latest controversy a “sad but predictable meltdown from Trump.