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Friday, October 28, 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Donald Trump mocked the physical appearance of fellow Republican U.S. presidential candidate Carly Fiorina in remarks published on Wednesday, saying: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?”

The comments by the billionaire real estate developer published in an article on the website of Rolling Stone magazine were aimed at the only woman in the large field of Republicans vying for their party’s 2016 presidential nomination.

The magazine reported that Trump, leading in the polls among the Republican contenders, made the remarks while watching Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard Co chief executive, on television.

“Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” Trump is quoted as saying. “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”

Fiorina, in an interview on Fox News Channel, said: “Well, I think those comments speak for themselves. And all of the many, many, many thousands of voters out there that are helping me climb in the polls, yes, they’re very serious.”

“Maybe, just maybe, I’m getting under his skin a little bit because I am climbing in the polls,” she said.

The subject did not come up when Trump was interviewed on Fox News by host Sean Hannity, but Trump did express concern about his own looks, noting he had just returned from a trip to Washington.

“I haven’t even looked at a mirror so I hope I’m okay. I hope I look fine,” said Trump.

“You look fine,” said Hannity.

It was not the first time Trump has taunted Fiorina. A month ago he tweeted: “I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than 10 minutes straight, you develop a massive headache. She has zero chance!”

Trump’s remarks were his latest barbs aimed at a woman during the campaign. Last month, Trump criticized Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly during and after a Republican debate.

During the debate, Kelly had asked Trump about comments referring to women as “fat pigs” and slobs. Asked about Kelly in a CNN interview last month, Trump said: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”

Trump has touted his “great relationships” with women, saying he had hired thousands of women including top-level employees, adding: “I cherish women.”

(Reporting by Will Dunham and Steve Holland; Editing by Peter Cooney and Frances Kerry)

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the New Hampshire Education Summit in Londonderry, New Hampshire August 19, 2015.   REUTERS/Brian Snyder

  • TZToronto

    Stop cherishing women and start dealing with them as people. When you base your evaluation of people on their outward appearance, you miss an awful lot. On the other hand, notice that Trump’s most outrageous comment about Fiorina is about her looks, not about her performance at HP, which, apparently, was not stellar. If he gets into that, he’s open for a discussion of his bankruptcies.

    • FireBaron

      So true.

  • Sterling Harris

    question for the day: Does ignorance matter?

    lead exhibit — you will not be shocked to hear this — is Donald Trump.

    week, the billionaire real estate mogul who is seeking the Republican
    presidential nomination stumbled over a question about terrorism from
    conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Specifically, he was forced to admit that
    he could not identify the leaders of Hezbollah and al Qaeda, among other
    terrorist organizations.

    is a pattern for how Trump reacts when cornered, and he was true to it last
    week. First, he made the usual vague, grandiose promises about how effective he
    will be once in office (“I will be so good at the military, your head will spin.
    … I’m a delegator. … I find absolutely great people and I’ll find them in our
    armed services”). Then he attempted to kill the messenger, bashing Hewitt on
    Twitter as a “very low-ratings talk-show host” and a “3rd-rate gotcha guy.”

    could be a parody on SNL…these three are laughable except that they hold the
    minds of the down-trodden masses, as hostage. These hypocrites are misleading
    the American public and Trump in all his false bravado, needs a shrink to
    discuss his feelings of superiority when clearly he is overbearing. Tea Party
    members should take a gander at his marital past and shenanigans before claiming
    him as a righteous fellow…he’s far from it. As for Cruz…disliked by more
    than his share of colleagues in the GOP, is a maniac. Palin is a wannabe left
    over from the circus of disbelief.

  • Lynda Groom

    Well I see the Donald is still courting the women’s vote. What a troll.

  • John Murchison

    I have to admit Trump has a point. Carly does scare small children…but mostly because they’re afraid she’ll fire their parents.

  • The lucky one

    What a hoot! Trump criticizing someone else’s looks. Apparently there are no mirrors in the Trump home.

  • MichelleRose3

    Fiorina’s true ugliness is inside, not necessarily outside. She’s ugly because she does what’s good for Carly and no one else. She’s an opportunist and a narcissist, much like Trump which may be why he despises her, despite his putative male response to whether he’d like to see her with no panties and her heels in the air. In a horrid sort of way, this is a fascinating exercise in sociology. We are able to see for the first time, in clinical detail, exactly how males of a certain demographic feel and think about a whole range of issues. Every time Trump opens his garbage disposal of a mouth, certain people cheer and we get to see who they are and how they really think. The question is, of course, how did they get that way? We can backtrack their origins, educational history and social journeys and determine to some extent how it is that men in this country are growing up so warped and full of violent thoughts. It extends to women as well, although I suspect that Trump’a appeal to some women is generated by fantasies of becoming one of his concubines.

    Either way you parse it, this election is making the sick, ugly citizens of this country emerge from their caves and behave like a pack of rabid chimps. Take notes. There will be a test later.

    • Katstiles

      Well said Michelle! The only thing sadder and sicker than Trump’s campaign, are his mindless, nasty supporters.