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Mary Matalin: Donald Trump Needs to Stop Whining

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By    |   Monday, 10 Aug 2015 03:55 PM

Republican political consultant Mary Matalin has some free advice for Donald Trump: Pipe down!

"You're in the big game. You can't whine," Matalin said Monday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"You can't spend all your time accentuating your own negatives."

Matalin was responding to Trump's war with Fox News star Megyn Kelly, who during last week's first GOP presidential debate, asked the billionaire developer off the bat about having called women "fat pigs" and "slobs."

Trump, who thought that slant was unfair, shot back with a remark about Kelly bleeding, which some thought to refer to her menstrual cycle — although he denied that implication and wants an apology from her.

"If [Fox News'] objective was to test him, they should've tested him on policy prescriptions. We all know that he has a personality and we all know he snaps like that," Matalin said.

"But starting where they did and the whole woman thing to my mind accepts the premise that there is a war on women, which I object to."

Matalin — who served as campaign director for President George H.W. Bush and was an advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney — said she takes Trump "at his word" that his remarks about Kelly did not refer to her period.

"My cardinal rule for candidates of integrity and confidence and just suck it up whatever it is … Whether or not it was fair is irrelevant. I don't care who it is. There is never going to be fairness in the forensics for Republicans," she said.

"We always have to defend ourselves, we always have to explain ourselves and that's just something everybody should be ready for."

She said of Fox News' debate coverage, which some have criticized as overly critical towards the GOP candidates, "Their opinions are obviously to the right but … their coverage is pretty middle of the road."

But, Matalin added, "Megyn Kelly is no conservative."

Matalin advised candidates to steer clear of getting into their own wars with Trump.

"These candidates should take the approach that [Sen. Ted] Cruz [of Texas] and [Sen. Marco] Rubio [of Florida] have taken, which is 'I'm not going to respond to all of the Donald Trump questions' and/or the one that [Ohio Gov. John] Kasich took, which is 'I get what Donald Trump has tapped into. This anger amongst Republicans.'"

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