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Megyn Kelly replaces Trump as RedState keynote

By Marilyn Malara
Megyn Kelly replaces Trump as RedState keynote
Megyn Kelly arrives on the red carpet at the TIME 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in New York City on April 21, 2015. Kelly has been invited to the RedState gathering in Atlanta in place of Donald Trump. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

ATLANTA, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Fox News host Megyn Kelly will replace Donald Trump as a keynote speaker at the Saturday night gather hosted by conservative news outlet RedState.

The event's head, Erick Erickson announced Friday he rescinded Trump's invitation due to comments made to CNN that seemed to imply Kelly was menstruating during Thursday's GOP debate.

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In an interview with Don Lemon on CNN Tonight, Trump criticized Fox News' governing of the GOP debate -- which became the most-watched cable event in history -- calling questions asked "ridiculous" and Kelly "off-base."

"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," Trump said of the conservative political commentator, "blood coming out of her wherever."

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During the debate, Kelly posed a question confronting Trump's history of sexist slurs, to which he responded political correctness was the country's "issue," and he "frankly" doesn't have time for it.

Trump went on to lash out at Kelly on Twitter before appearing on CNN.

"I have tried to give a great deal of latitude to Donald Trump in his run for the Presidency," Erickson wrote in a statement. "But there are even lines blunt talkers and unprofessional politicians should not cross. Decency is one of those lines."

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In an attempt to clarify his CNN comments, Trump tweeted "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."

Friday night, the Republican Party's only female candidate, Carly Fiorina, tweeted her comments in the aftermath of Trump's falling out.

"Mr. Trump. There. Is. No. Excuse," she wrote. In another tweet, she said, "I stand with @megynkelly."

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Erickson told reporters he wasn't comfortable with inviting Trump to the RedState gathering's stage with his wife and daughter in the crowd, Politico reports. When he asked Trump's campaign to clarify the comment, he told the press he wasn't satisfied with their response.

The speaker list at the conservative event includes nine other Republican presidential hopefuls, including Fiorina, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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