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Governor Ed Rendell noted that Trump's previously disparaging remarks about women will impact the election because "people take that stuff personally"

By Lindsay Kimble
Updated May 18, 2016 02:55 PM
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In an effort to diminish Donald Trump‘s political prospects, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell ended up taking a page from the businessman’s book.

Rendell, a Democrat, told the Washington Post of Trump, “Trump’s comments like ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat-chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women.”

He added, “People take that stuff personally.”

The comments come after the New York Times published a collection of stories from women who either met or knew the presumptive GOP nominee before the 2016 presidential election.

Anecdotes ranged from an inappropriate kiss with a pageant competitor, to harsh digs about a coworker’s weight.

In response to the article, Trump bashed the Times, writing on Twitter, “Why doesn’t the failing @nytimes write the real story on the Clintons and women? The media is TOTALLY dishonest!”

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Trump has defended his words on women’s appearance in the past, telling PEOPLE, “They understand me and they understand life and they’re very sophisticated, they’re very strong and they’re great.”