Donald Trump Pushes Back After Being Disinvited From RedState Gathering in Atlanta

He was disinvited over comments about Fox News' Megyn Kelly.

"If you haven't heard, I disinvited Donald Trump," Erickson said as the second day of the event opened.

Erickson said when he heard about Trump's comment, he asked his campaign if Trump meant what was implied and whether he planned to clarify or apologize.

"It's disrespectful to Megyn Kelly. It's disrespectful to female journalists," he said. "I don't want my daughter in the room with Donald Trump."

In a statement, Trump's campaign called Erickson a "total loser" who "has a history of supporting establishment losers in failed campaigns." His campaign said "only a deviant would think anything else" about Trump's comment about Kelly.

"Mr. Trump made Megyn Kelly look really bad --- she was a mess with her anger and totally caught off guard," his campaign said. "Mr. Trump said "blood was coming out of her eyes and whatever" meaning nose, but wanted to move on to more important topics."

Trump, who was leading in the polls going into the debate, told ABC News earlier Friday that he didn’t recognize some of the words Kelly used “whatsoever.”

“We’re going to look at that very carefully but I don’t recognize those words,” he said. “She came up with words that I didn’t recognize. so we’ll see what happens. We’re going to take a very serious look at it.”

“If people were going to be upset about that, they would have been upset about a million other things he’s said,” said Roberts. “I don’t think women were flocking to him anyway.”