Donald Trump said he wasn’t referring to Carly Fiorina’s looks, but her persona during a magazine interview
Fiorina declined to hit back, but Hillary Clinton said she’s be happy to debate any candidates who “delight in insulting women”
Trump continues to lead the GOP pack and his support among Republican women has grown
“I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about persona,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”
That’s how Trump defended the remarks he made about his fellow GOP presidential contender in a Rolling Stone profile published Wednesday.
“Look at that face!” Trump told the magazine while sitting with a Rolling Stone reporter as Fiorina appeared on TV. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.”
“I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” Trump said, according to the magazine.
Trump didn’t only call in to CNN. He had a similar message on The View, the afternoon talk show geared toward women.
“Look, I’m talking about her persona,” he said, deflecting to Fiorina’s previous career as CEO of Hewlett Packard. “She failed miserably at Hewlett Packard and ran for the Senate and lost in a landslide and now running for president. I’m talking about her persona.”
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Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was quick to allude to it Thursday morning during a campaign event in Ohio.
“We hear from candidates on the other side about turning back the clock on women’s rights and there is one particular candidate who just seems to delight in insulting women,” Clinton said. “I’m just saying, if he emerges, I would love to debate him.”
Trump leads in new poll, leads with Republican women
Trump continues to defy the laws of politics. Despite previous comments about women, he has surged to become the front-runner for the GOP nomination. He has support of 32% of Republicans in a CNN/ORC poll released Thursday. He has also led in recent polls of early primary and caucus states. And he is the leader among Republican women in the poll: Their growing support for him has helped him solidify his place at the top of the GOP pack.
While he gained just 4 points among men in the last month (from 27% in August to 31% now), he’s up 13 points among women, rising from 20% …Read More