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Donald Trump, GOP Debate

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word.

Following last week's Republican debate, Donald Trump made controversial comments about Megyn Kelly, one of the Fox News moderators. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes," the conservative presidential hopeful told CNN's Don Lemon Friday. "Blood coming out of her wherever."

Understandably, many viewers were shocked by what Trump said about Kelly.

"I cherish women," he told CNN's Jake Tapper on State of the Union Sunday, contending that he did not mean to imply that Kelly asked him difficult questions during the debate because she was menstruating. "Who would say that? Do you think I'd make a statement like that? Who would make a statement like that?" the real estate mogul, 69, said. "Only a sick person would even think about that."

Because of his comments, Trump was disinvited from Atlanta's conservative Red State conference. Trump called NBC's Savannah Guthrie Monday, where he once again insisted that he didn't make a reference to menstruation. "If I had said that, it would have been inappropriate," he said on Today.

"I didn't even finish the answer, because I wanted to get on the next point," Trump said. "If I finished it, I was going to say ears or nose, because that's just a common statement—blood is pouring out of your ears."

Trump argued that his political opponents have benefitted from his presence in the presidential race, particularly at Thursday's debate, seen by a record 24 million viewers. "If I wasn't on the show, they would have had 2 million people watching," Trump told Guthrie. "The other candidates are very lucky because at least people are watching what they're saying as opposed to nobody caring."

After his conversation with Guthrie, Trump addressed the controversy further on MSNBC's Morning Joe. Regarding his differences with Kelly, he said, "She should really be apologizing to me, to tell the truth." Kelly, of course, has not apologized.

Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski also asked Trump if he would support equal pay for men and women, but Trump declined to answer. "I don't want to discuss that on this show," he said. "I will be coming out with some policy on that."

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