Carly Fiorina fires back after Donald Trump insults her in Rolling Stone

By Maria Coder
Updated September 10, 2015 12:50 PM
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Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has some choice words for GOP rival Carly Fiorina – though she doesn’t seem to mind.

According to Rolling Stone in their cover story about the 69-year-old presidential hopeful, when Fiorina appeared on TV, Trump said, “Look at that face! 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, per the magazine.

In the article, called “Taking Trump Seriously,” which hits newsstands on Friday, Paul Solotaroff writes: “And there, in a nutshell, is Trump’s blessing and his curse: He can’t seem to quit while he’s ahead.”

The interview took place in August. Fiorina, 60, who only learned of the comments more recently, addressed questions about Trump during an interview on Fox News on Wednesday night.

“I think those comments speak for themselves,” she told Fox News’ Megyn Kelly. She said she had “no idea” what Trump meant but, “Maybe, just maybe, I’m getting under his skin a little bit, because I am climbing in the polls.”

The next day, in a phone interview with Fox & Friends, Trump admitted he “probably did say something like that,” though he said he wasn’t talking about her appearance. “I’m talking about persona, not about looks.” He said the remark was meant “in a jocular manner, obviously.”

Trump echoed that explanation during a phone interview with The View on Thursday, saying of Fiorina, “She failed miserably at Hewlett Packard and ran for the Senate and lost in a landslide and now running for president. I’m talking about her persona.”

Fiorina has been rising in the polls since her strong performance in the Aug. 6 debate for second-tier GOP candidates, FOX News reports.

The former Hewlett-Packard chief executive has been fighting to be included in the main-stage Republican presidential debate to be held on Sept. 16.

Trump tweeted last month that Fiorina has “zero chance” at winning the GOP nomination.