Donald Trump is resorting to personal attacks against his fellow GOP presidential candidates, according to an interview published in Rolling Stone Wednesday. Trump was allegedly watching former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina on a news channel when he said, "Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!" according to NBC News. Now, Fiorina has responded to Trump's insult, and she said she's taking it very seriously, as she should.
Unfortunately, Trump didn't stop at insulting Fiorina's looks. True to Trump form, he also decided to attack the fact that she's a woman. Trump also said to Rolling Stone, "I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" Well, Fiorina told Fox News' Megyn Kelly — another Trump target — that she's certainly taking the entire situation seriously. Fiorina, who has previously endorsed Trump's views as "common sense," said, "I think those comments speak for themselves. ... Maybe, just maybe, I’m getting under [Trump's] skin a little bit because I am climbing in the polls," according to CNN. Unfortunately, though, Trump is still leading in the polls and Fiorina is trailing behind, polling in single figures, according to The Guardian.
Trump responded to critics who called him out for the blatantly sexist comment by saying that he meant the comment in a "jocular manner" and that he was referring, generally, to Fiorina's "persona," despite the fact that his Rolling Stone comment specifically say "Look at that face!" according to NBC News:
Probably I did say something like that about Carly. I'm talking about persona. I'm not talking about look.
Then, Trump said that media reactions his comments imply a double standard, because, yes, Trump actually thinks he's the one being treated unfairly here:
When I get criticized constantly about my hair, nobody does a story about "Oh isn't that terrible, they criticized Donald Trump's hair."
In the same Rolling Stone interview, Trump also repeated comments about how he would date his daughter, Ivanka Trump, if they weren't related.
On CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, Republican strategist Ana Navarro predicted that at the next Republican primary debate next Wednesday, Fiorina is "going to look Donald Trump right into his face and say to him, 'Really, Donald? Really? You think you can criticize my looks?'" and that's probably the appropriate response.