Washington, Sep 10 (EFE).- Real estate magnate and Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has sparked new controversy, this time after joking about the looks of businesswoman Carly Fiorina, the only woman among the 17 GOP candidates for the White House.
“Look at that face!” Trump told a Rolling Stone magazine reporter while watching Fiorina 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 laughing, according to the magazine, which includes a detailed interview with the wealthy candidate in its current issue.
On Thursday, Trump granted interviews to CNN and Fox News, he did not deny that he had made those comments about Fiorina and tried to explain what he meant.
“I’m not talking about (Fiorina’s) looks. I’m talking about persona,” Trump told CNN on its morning “New Day” show.
This is not the first time that Trump has made inappropriate remarks about women. Last month he stirred up quite a firestorm after making comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly that were widely interpreted as offensive.
Kelly was one of the moderators for the first televised debate among Republican presidential candidates.
In addition, Trump has publicly called woman “fat pigs” and “disgusting animals.”
Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has not wanted to get into a verbal war with Trump and on Wednesday, on Kelly’s Fox Newsprogram, she said that the magnate’s comments “speak for themselves.”
“I’m not going to spend a single cycle wondering what Donald Trump means,” said Fiorina, adding that “Maybe – just maybe – I’m getting under his skin a little bit, because I am climbing in the polls.”
According to a new survey by CNN released on Thursday, Trump continues to be the favorite among the Republican presidential candidates with the backing of 32 percent of those polled, the highest approval rating he has obtained so far during this election cycle.
In the CNN poll, former neurosurgeon Ben Carson is in second place in the Republican field with 19 percent. Neither he nor Trump are career politicians. EFE