All of the offensive comments Donald Trump has made about women over the last decade was all part of an elaborate performance in service of the character he played on The Apprentice – at least, that is what he said in a recent interview.
The Republican presidential nominee has received harsh criticism from his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, for calling his insulting remarks toward women. In the past he has called women “pigs”, “fat”, “ugly”, and “slobs”. He sparked a massive uproar after he said Fox News’ Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” when she pressed him at the first Republican debate last year.
But Mr Trump walked back his comments in an interview with KSNV on Wednesday.
“Do you understand the concern from parents of younger girls that some of the wording that you've used to talk about attractiveness or unattractiveness might make it more difficult for girls struggling with their body image and the pressure to be model-perfect?” reporter Jim Snyder asked Mr Trump.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
“Sure I do. And you know, a lot of this is done in the entertainment business. I’m being interviewed for Apprentice long before I ever thought in terms of running for office,” the reality TV star said. “But a lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment.”
He continued: “I can tell you this: There is nobody – nobody – that has more respect for women than I do.”
When asked about whether or not he will try to tone down those remarks in his final month as a presidential candidate, he reiterated his reasoning.
“Well, it’s not a question of trying. It’s very easy,” Mr Trump said. “But you know, you’re in the entertainment business. You’re doing The Apprentice. You have one of the top shows on television. And you say things differently for a reason.”
Since he launched his campaign in June 2015, Mr Trump not only insulted Ms Kelly, but also one of his opponents, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi.
In March, Mr Trump shared a tweet that juxtaposed an unflattering photo of Ms Cruz with a glamour shot of his wife, Melania.
In a September interview with Rolling Stone, Mr Trump took aim at Ms Fiorina, the former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard.
“Look at that face!” he said. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"Reuse content