In a Rolling Stone profile out this week, Donald Trump again turned his attention to women, or more specifically, the way women look, by insulting the face of fellow GOP candidate Carly Fiorina. Here's the scene: Trump is on board his private plane on the way back from a campaign event in New Hampshire. He's wolfing down takeout food and watching Fox News.
"When the anchor throws to Carly Fiorina for her reaction to Trump's momentum, Trump's expression sours in schoolboy disgust as the camera bores in on Fiorina. "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?'"
Yep, Trump's serious. And of course, he doesn't just insult women. He also celebrates them, well, their looks anyway. Here, for instance, is a scene from a Hollywood Reporter cover story last month:
"Trump then calls me over: 'Janice! You got to see this woman!' he says, motioning to a female dressed in a suit sitting next to the 'richest man.' It's never explained to me whether she is his wife or colleague. I don't know if she understands what is being said. 'Isn't she beautiful? Beautiful!' he continues as she stands expressionless. 'This is your business to know these things,' he says to me, as an editor. 'Just look at her!'
Fiorina responded to Trump's insult during an interview with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, herself a target of Trump's insults.
"I think those comments speak for themselves," Fiorina said on The Kelly File last night. "Honestly, Megyn, I'm not going to spend a single cycle wondering what Donald Trump means."
"But maybe, just maybe, I'm getting under his skin a little bit, because I am climbing in the polls," she added.
For his part, Trump claims he was talking about Fiorina's "persona."