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The open line: Plus, a siren sounds and a bloody battle between Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly

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click to enlarge BLOOD ENEMIES: Megan Kelly and Donald Trump. - SALON/CNN
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  • BLOOD ENEMIES: Megan Kelly and Donald Trump.
Here's your Saturday open line. Also:

* SIREN: An emergency warning siren in the vicinity of UAMS gave off a weird, low call about 3;30 a.m. this morning. It's the signal given, apparently, when there's an active shooter on the UAMS campus. A Little Rock police spokesman says it was activated accidentally.

* FLASH! DONALD TRUMP IS CRUDE: Donald Trump's tirade against Fox's Megan Kelly has become the story of the weekend because he said this about Thursday's debate at which she asked Trump some hard questions:

"She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions," Trump told CNN's Don Lemon. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

A Trump spokesman said later that Trump said "whatever" not "wherever" and that the remark had been misinterpreted — that he didn't mean to suggest Kelly was in a bad mood because she was having a menstrual period. Conservative blogger Eric Erickson was so offended he disinvited Trump from the Red State gathering of wingnuts in Atlanta today. Erick Erickson! Who once called Supreme Court Justice David Souter a "goat fucking child molester." Who called Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis "Abortion Barbie." A reference (maybe) to PMS offends this classy gentleman's sensibilities?

Don't get me wrong. I stipulated long ago that Trump was a bullying, crude boor. and with nothing to offer of substance on policy questions. And he miscalculated, if nothing else, in whining about his questioning by Kelly. But this act had been improving his ratings among Republican primary voters — at least as long as targets of his poop throwing were liberal Democrats and President Obama. This was true even when he denigrated the Vietnam service as a POW of Republican Sen. John McCain. But hurl a little menses at a Fox star and suddenly it's an outrage to the faithful. See some irony in Repubs playing selective Political Correctness Police? What a bunch of blithering hypocrites.

Also: Here's a reminder why you need not put Kelly up too high on the journalism pedestal. (Link corrected.)

PS — If you read the NY Times' roundup, you'd conclude Trump is done in the primary. That's been said before, however.

PPS — Trump says he fired Roger Stone as top adviser. Stone said he quit over "food fight" with Megyn Kelly. My question: Trump had an adviser? And he'd take credit for it?





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