Donald Trump's off-the-cuff comments regarding women have once again landed him in hot water and thrust him back into the headlines, this time after making disparaging comments about Carly Fiorina's appearance.
"Look at that face!" he is quoted in the September issue of Rolling Stone referring to Fiorina, who is also campaigning to win the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!"
The comments from the leading Republican candidate are not the first controversial remarks he's made during his candidacy, nor the first disparaging comments he's made about women.
"I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not 'sposedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" he's quoted by Rolling Stone as saying.
Fiorina responded to the comments Wednesday during an appearance on Fox News, saying they "speak for themselves."
"Maybe I'm getting under his skin a little," added Fiorina, whose popularity in the Republican field has risen since the last debate.
Trump on Thursday seemed to be backing away from the comments, saying he was not talking about Fiorina's appearance when he mentioned her face in Rolling Stone.
He called in to CNN and ABC's The View , where he said he was talking about the presidential candidate's persona.
"I'm not talking about looks, I'm talking about persona," he told CNN's Chris Cuomo.
He also called in to The View and was asked by Joy Behar about his comments in the magazine.
"Look, I'm talking about her persona," he said. "She failed miserably at Hewlett Packard, she failed at Lucent, before that she was at Lucent, and ran for the Senate and lost in a landslide, and now running for president. I'm talking about her persona."
"I'm not going to spend a single cycle wondering what Donald Trump means," Fiorina told host Megyn Kelly, who has herself been targeted by Trump.
After the first debate on Fox News, Trump called Kelly, who was one of three moderators, a "bimbo" and said the questions aimed at him were unfair.
In an interview following the debate, when asked about Kelly's pointed questioning, the real estate mogul hypothesized that the Fox News anchor may have had "blood coming out of her wherever."
Salvador Hernandez is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.
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