"What I said was incredibly stupid and insensitive," Ed Rendell told reporters on Wednesday

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated May 19, 2016 01:40 PM
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Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell is backtracking on the comments he made about women and Donald Trump to the Washington Post following some swift backlash.

“What I said was incredibly stupid and insensitive,” Rendell told reporters on Wednesday. “When I read it in the article, I said, ‘Did I say that?’ It was just dumb, and stupid, and insensitive, and if I offended anyone, I apologize.”

Rendell made the initial remarks to the Post while speaking about Trump’s rhetoric toward and about women.

“Trump’s comments like ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him,” Rendell said. “There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women. People take that stuff personally”

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Subsequently on Wednesday, the Post reporter who interviewed Rendell revealed more of his conversation with the Democrat.

“He demeans women. He demeans Mexican Americans, I think women are rightfully irritated by how he talks,” Rendell said. “Plus, you don’t know where he stands. One day he’s for Planned Parenthood, the next day he’s against it.”

The reporter, David Weigel, noted of the former governor’s initial comment, “I hadn’t heard any malice in it; Rendell seemed to be making an arch point about the risk of telling the world that women were worthless unless they were smoking hot.”