Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sunday that he would be the “exact opposite” of rival Jeb Bush (R) on women’s health because “I cherish women.” Earlier in the week, Bush said that he wasn’t sure “we need a half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.”
State of the Union host Jake Tapper asked the billionaire real estate mogul about a demand by the former Florida governor that Trump apologize for seemingly suggesting that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had been menstruating during the Republican presidential debate. Trump instead attacked Bush, likening his remarks on women’s health to 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s 47 percent gaffe.
“I think it’s amazing because three days ago, he was talking so negatively about women’s health issues,” Trump said. “And I thought it was disgraceful frankly. And I think that will go down to haunt him and maybe be the same as Romney’s 47 percent, which possibly cost him the election. Jeb was very negative on women’s health and when you’re negative on women’s health, you can forget about it. I’m the exact opposite. I cherish women. I want to help women. I want to do things for women that no other candidates can do.”
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Trump defended his own remarks, saying that he meant nose and/or ears when he suggested that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever.”
Trump’s viewpoints on women’s health hasn’t exactly reflected him cherishing women. Earlier this week, he said that he was in favor of Republicans shutting down the federal government over funding Planned Parenthood. More than one-third of low-income women rely on Planned Parenthood for family planning.
Trump also has a long history of sexist comments. Soon after the first Republican presidential debate ended, Trump retweeted a comment deriding Kelly as a “bimbo.” Trump once called comedian Rosie O’Donnell a “big, fat pig” and a “slob.” In 1991, he told Esquire, “it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive].”
When a lawyer once asked for a medical break to pump breast milk for her daughter, Trump reportedly told her “you’re disgusting” before walking out of the room. Trump said that the women on his reality show The Apprentice all flirted with him because “I believe we’re all equal except women still have to try harder and they know it. They will do what they have to do to get the job done and will not necessarily be demure about it.”