After Slamming Megyn Kelly, Trump Not Suffering for Lack of Coverage

Say something terrible about subject x. Book a round of TV interviews. Repeat.

"Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars" Red CarpetMisogyny is the subject of the latest call and response between the press and Donald Trump.

It started during the GOP primary debate when, in response to a question from moderator Megyn Kelly calling Trump out on calling “women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals…” he replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”

It was only the opening volley.

Following the debate Trump called Kelly a “bimbo” in a tweet, and then, in an interview Friday with CNN’s Don Lemon, delivered his now infamous line about the Fox host, saying “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

And because Trump comments are hardly ever one-off wonders, a slew of posts followed detailing Trump’s history of disparaging remarks and actions toward women, far deeper and more troubling than last week’s quotable, soundbite-perfect lines.

And there was a consequence. One. RedState editor Erick Erickson disinvited Trump to the RedState Gathering, a meeting for conservative activists held over the weekend in Atlanta, writing on the site that “As much as I do personally like Donald Trump, his comment about Megyn Kelly on CNN is a bridge too far for me.”

But if you turned on the television Sunday or this morning, it was a different world, one in which nasty, brutish vitriol gets rewarded with more airtime. Trump called in to four of the five Sunday morning shows this weekend, all but Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. He followed that up earlier today with call-ins to MSNBC’s Morning Joe and the Today show.

That’s six more chances to defend himself, to bloviate, to continue coloring in his picture of the world where everyone loves and needs the Donald as he soldiers on, steadfastly unapologetic in the face of an apparatus of “losers” and enemies whose mission it is to take him down.

The consequences of that are in the numbers. Trump still leads the GOP candidate pack in an NBC News/Survey Monkey poll released yesterday evening. That level of attention, good or bad, gets you those kinds of numbers.

Update: Just because Trump hasn’t gone on Fox New Sunday this week, it doesn’t mean he won’t be invited in the future. It’ll just have to be in person–the show doesn’t do over-the-phone interviews with presidential candidates. Who knows, maybe by the time Trump is booked for a live appearance, which the show is in talks about, it will be on the next topic in Trump’s slash and burn tour through every campaign issue.