What was the Accusation?
Republican primary candidate Donald Trump offered heavy criticism of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly who had moderated the first of the primary debates two days earlier. Trump was not pleased with Kelly’s aggressive style in asking him questions about his attitude and treatment of women. He argued that Kelly “gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions…You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base.” Many interpreted this remark as a derogatory statement about menstruation, but Trump would deny that he said “her wherever” and instead said “her whatever.” He also stated that he was talking about her “nose.” In a CNN interview, he would continue to attack Kelly, saying: “I just don’t respect her as a journalist…I have no respect for her. I don’t think she’s very good. I think she’s highly overrated.”
Key Apologia Strategies
I said that she was so angry that blood was coming out of her eyes. Blood was coming out of her…and then I s…I didn’t even finish the answer because I wanted to get on to the next point. If I finished it, I was going to say ears or nose.
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Rucker, P. (2015, August 8). Trump says Fox’s Megyn Kelly had ‘blood coming out of her wherever’. Washington Post. Retrieved from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2015/08/07/trump-says-foxs-megyn-kelly-had-blood-coming-out-of-her-wherever/?utm_term=.8cbf5b489ea3