No one is really disputing the comments that Donald Trump made about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly were out-of-bounds. Here’s a quick recap, so we are on the same page with where this is going.
The Donald was upset over Megyn Kelly’s line of questioning during the Republican debate last week. The discussion started with fireworks between Trump and Kelly, who challenged the business mogul’s past assessment that women were “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”
Trump replied with a wisecrack denying the comments unless, of course, Megyn Kelly was “referring to Rosie O’Donnell.” During a follow-up interview with CNN, Donald Trump made some more over the top comments.
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes…blood coming out of her wherever,” Donald Trump complained to Don Lemon in reference to Kelly’s hostile attitude.
The condemnation over Trump’s comments came immediately and the GOP swiftly disinvited him from the Red State Gathering in Atlanta, where he was supposed to be the keynote speaker.
Incredibly, Donald Trump has not backed away from his controversial comments about Megyn Kelly.
In fact, Trump believes that it is he that is owed the apology. “Do you think I’d make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that? Only a sick person would even think about that,” Donald Trump told CNN.
Donald Trump also told MSNBC that Megyn Kelly should, in fact, apologize to him, for the way she interviewed him during the Republican debate.
As the media pounced on Trump’s references to Megyn Kelly’s menstruation cycle, an interesting story regarding “that time of the month” for a woman was making headlines for other reasons.
A drummer who tours with “Paper Planes” rapper/singer M.I.A.’s band ran an entire marathon without a maxi-pad while she was menstruating.
|Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly|
According to a report on People.com, Kiran Gandhi (Harvard MBA) ran the London Marathon for a breast cancer charity and to encourage women to not be ashamed of their periods.
A more detailed post on Medium titled “Going With the Flow: Sisterhood, blood and boobs at the London Marathon 2015” details Kiran Gandhi’s experience when she ran the 26-mile race during her monthly cycle.
Gandhi, also a former analyst for Interscope Records, admitted to feeling liberated as the blood ran down her legs.
“I ran the whole marathon with my period blood running down my legs,” Gandhi wrote. “I got my flow the night before and it was a total disaster but I didn’t want to clean it up. It would have been way too uncomfortable to worry about a tampon for 26.2 miles. I thought, if there’s one person society won’t fuck with, it’s a marathon runner. If there’s one way to transcend oppression, it’s to run a marathon in whatever way you want.”
The concept of women running for charity while menstruating is something that would surely baffle and quite possibly horrify, Donald Trump. But for Gandhi, attitudes towards women menstruating is a real societal issue.
|https://static.medium.com/embed.jsGoing With the Flow: Blood & Sisterhood at the London Marathon|
“By establishing a norm of period-shaming, [male-preferring] societies effectively prevent the ability to bond over an experience that 50% of us in the human population share monthly,” Gandhi reasoned in her post. “By making it difficult to speak about, we don’t have language to express pain in the workplace, and we don’t acknowledge differences between women and men that must be recognized and established as acceptable norms. ”
Despite what many have labeled as sexist comments, which seem to have offended women across party lines, Trump’s crude behavior will most likely continue.
Especially since his poll numbers just continue to rise with each one of his outbursts.
After the explosive debate, which a record 24 million Americans watched, comments about Mexicans, John McCain’s service record and now women, it is hard to believe Donald Trump has the support of 23% of Republicans. And it’s a double-digit lead over the closest competitor, Jeb Bush (10%), and Scott Walker (10%), which will surely excite Trump’s followers.
It says a lot about the country and what is going on with the 2016 election “cycle.”