Women on Twitter aren’t letting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump live down his comment about Fox News host Megyn Kelly having “blood coming out of her wherever” during the first GOP debate.
The real estate mogul has refused to apologize to Kelly for the remark. He denied Tuesday morning on CNN’s “New Day” that he was making a reference to Kelly’s menstrual cycle, as some people — including Erick Erickson, who disinvited Trump from his Saturday RedState Gathering — had thought.
“Frankly, I don’t even know how it could be misconstrued unless somebody’s a deviant,” the billionaire told CNN host Chris Cuomo.
Still, despite Trump’s proclamation that he “would be the best for women” if elected President, Twitter users barraged him this week with live updates on their periods (or lack thereof) using the hashtag #periodsarenotaninsult. A website set up by Amber Gordon of Femsplain even offered templates for the period-tracking tweets.
— haley ♀ (@haleyp) August 9, 2015
— Rebecca Gorena (@rebeccagorena) August 10, 2015
— Blue Girl (@BGinKC) August 10, 2015
— Starlight Witch (@starlightgeek) August 11, 2015
— jeff in real life (@thecultureofme) August 8, 2015
Brands got in on the hashtag, too:
This Donald Trump #periodsarenotaninsult thing has us considering a new tagline: “Lunapads: for when blood comes out of your whatever”
— Lunapads.com (@Lunapads) August 10, 2015
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.