By LOUIS NELSON
Donald Trump said Wednesday that derogatory statements he has made toward women were all for the sake of “entertainment” and did not reflect his true feelings.
“A lot of that was done for the purpose of entertainment; there’s nobody that has more respect for women than I do,” the real estate mogul told Las Vegas’ KSNV-TV in an interview taped Wednesday ahead of a rally in Henderson, Nevada.
“Are you trying to tone it down now?” reporter Jim Snyder responded.
“It’s not a question of trying; it’s very easy,” Trump replied.
Even though Trump said his past remarks were intended only to entertain, his long history of insulting and making crude remarks about women has haunted him throughout the presidential campaign. His opponents have created multiple TV ads using Trump’s own words against him, including one from Hillary Clinton that features soundbites of the Manhattan billionaire referring to one woman as “a fat slob” and remarking that “A person who’s flat-chested is very hard for them to be a 10.” Those audio clips play as young girls look at reflections of themselves in mirrors and cellphone cameras, finishing with the question “Is this the president we want for our daughters?” written across the screen.
Trump’s attacks on women have not been limited to his pre-political career. Trump lashed out at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly after the first Republican primary debate, saying that “you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Most recently, the GOP nominee renewed his attacks against former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whose story resurfaced at the first presidential debate last week. Clinton said Trump called Machado “Miss Piggy,” because he believed she had gained too much weight after winning the pageant, and “Miss Housekeeping,” in apparent reference to her Hispanic heritage. The morning after the debate, Trump went on Fox News and said Machado was “the worst we ever had” at the Miss Universe pageant because “she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”