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Megyn Kelly's questions for Donald Trump were ridiculous

I am not a supporter of Donald Trump, but he has been unfairly attacked as someone who is anti-women.  Megyn Kelly of Fox News seems to me to be a straight shooter, but her question for Mr. Trump in the first Republican presidential debate of this election season was fraught with problems.   Her question was as follows:

"Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don't use a politician's filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals.' ...
Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on 'Celebrity Apprentice' it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?"
This question only works in a world where political correctness runs wild.  I won't defend Mr. Trump's statements, because I don't know if he actually said those things, but I will assume he did.  Just because he calls a few women unkind things does not mean he is against women.  It doesn't mean he is sexist, or anti-women.  It means he has a problem with those specific women.

Mr. Trump has called men all kinds of things, but is he against all men?  Is anyone asking him if he is anti-men?  No, because that would be ridiculous.  Megyn's question is equally ridiculous.

The feminist movement fought for years for equality with men.  Women did not have equal rights in the society and they fought hard to get them.  The women's movement won the battle, and they now have equal rights.  That means they are equally susceptible to be attacked verbally by a man or a woman.  It means they cannot have special treatment.  Being attacked by a man does not mean the man is sexist.  It doesn't mean he is anti-women.  It means he has a problem with her.  Characterizing Mr. Trumps statements as an attack on women is wrong, ridiculous, and an intellectually fraudulent.

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