Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s comments in Rolling Stone about fellow Republican Carly Fiorina are getting him into hot water.
The profile, released Wednesday, recounts an incident in which Trump watched a Fox News report aboard his plane following a rally, surrounded by staffers. When Carly Fiorina appeared onscreen, a reporter wrote, Trump’s expression soured:
“‘Look at that face!’ he cries. ‘Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!’ The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. ‘I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?’ ”
“Well, I think those comments speak for themselves,” Fiorina said Wednesday on Fox News during an interview with Megyn Kelly.
Fiorina wouldn’t speculate on what Trump’s comments might mean, but suggested that Trump was threatened by her performance in the polls.
“Maybe, just maybe I’m getting under his skin a little bit,” she said.
Trump denied Thursday morning that he was talking about Fiorina’s looks.
“I’m not talking about looks, I’m talking about persona,” Trump said in an interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN on Thursday morning.
“The fact is that Carly Fiorina has had a terrible past,” he said, referring to her tenure as CEO at HP.
Fiorina will share the stage with Trump after she was left out of the first prime-time debate on Fox News in August. The Republican candidates meet on Sept. 16 on CNN.