WASHINGTON, August 8, 2015 — RedState.com’s Erick Erickson announced on Friday that he will be disinviting Donald Trump from this year’s RedState Gathering. Trump’s disinvitation is the result of his inappropriate comments about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.
According to his announcement on RedState.com, “I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency. He 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. As much as I do personally like Donald Trump, his comment about Megyn Kelly on CNN is a bridge too far for me.”
The Gathering is a major conservative conference hosted by Redstate.com and Townhall Media. The conference features some of the most prominent conservative thinkers in the country, and this year’s gathering has featured most of the major Republican presidential candidates. According to the the official agenda, Trump was to be featured during Saturday night’s RedState Tailgate Party.
While some conservatives have voiced their disapproval of Trump’s disinvitation, Erickson made the right call. Trump’s comments about Kelly were not only out of line, but were downright un-presidential. Do we really want someone with this kind of temper leading this great nation? I for one was not impressed with with Trump’s debate performance, and I think his comments about Fox News’s Megyn Kelly further build the case against his candidacy. If Donald Trump can’t handle Megyn Kelly, how in the world will he be able to handle the liberal media?
Listen to his comments:
Here’s the original exchange during the debate:
Despite the Trump drama, this year’s RedState Gathering has been a great event so far. Carly Fiorina followed up her strong debate performance with a great speech; Marco Rubio was also impressive.
The RedState Gathering continues today with speakers including Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Jeb Bush and Gov. Mike Huckabee. Be sure to tune in by going to http://www.redstate.com/gatheringlive/ or by simply watching the embedded video below: