Perhaps even more than any of the candidates, Megyn Kelly came out on top during last week's first GOP debate — but the debate moderator's newly minted on-air nemesis Donald Trump isn't faring so well in the fallout. The mogul only managed to make things worse for himself when Kelly pressed him to discuss sexist comments he has made about women in the past, including mean-spirited statements concerning Rosie O'Donnell. Then, in the post-debate aftermath of his snide response to Kelly, Trump tweeted that the longtime Fox News anchor "really bombed" and that her moderating was "not very good or professional." He also shared a tweet that referred to Kelly as a "bimbo." Yet he didn't stop there. During an interview with CNN that aired on the evening of August 7, Trump made comments that seemingly alluded to Kelly's debate demeanor being related to her menstrual cycle. "She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions," he said. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever." The following morning, Trump sought to clarify his comments via Twitter, writing that when he mentioned "her wherever," he was, in fact, referring to Kelly's nose. To which we say: Nice try, but no dice. It's rather evident what he meant with that remark, and it doesn't seem to have anything to do with a nosebleed.
Though the controversial candidate continues to lead in the GOP polls, he definitely did some damage to his own reputation among even conservative crowds. Trump was uninvited from a RedState Gathering in Atlanta over the weekend — evidence that at least some of the criticism is coming from his own party. And yet, he still won't apologize to Kelly, which might have some mollifying effect on his critics. Instead, according to Trump, she should be the one saying, "I'm sorry." “The fact is, she asked me a very inappropriate question," he said in a phone interview with MSNBC's Morning Joe show. "She should really be apologizing to me, you wanna know the truth. Others of the — if you wanna call them — candidates came up to me at that intermission and said, ‘Boy, that was unfair what they did to you,’ and everyone felt that.” If Trump is going to continue to add this kind of fuel to the flame, it seems like the biggest controversy to emerge from the first GOP debates will get even bigger before it eventually dies down. Who knows where The Donald will take this next?