After the Fiorina Fiasco, What Insult Will Trump Fling Next?
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After the Fiorina Fiasco, What Insult Will Trump Fling Next?

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In the anything-goes political world of Donald Trump, illegal immigrants are dismissed as rapists and criminals, Democratic and Republican leaders in Washington are denounced as “very, very stupid people” and the preponderance of GOP presidential candidates are “losers” or “low-energy” people languishing at the bottom of the polls. 

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Now, amid further confirmation in a CNN/ORC poll that Trump’s take-no-prisoners style is resonating with more Republicans and independents, Trump set his sights again on Carly Fiorina, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO and the only woman seeking the GOP presidential nomination. Trump previously dismissed Fiorina as someone whose political rhetoric and arguments bored him to distraction. 

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” 

Now, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Trump opines that Fiorina may be too homely looking to be elected president. 

“Look at that face!” Trump bellowed during the interview. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?” 

Without betraying a smidgen of self-awareness  or concern that he may go down in history as one of the most misogynistic  presidential candidates, Trump went on to say, “I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not [supposed to say] bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” 

Trump, a billionaire and former reality TV showman, has overturned political convention with his withering, nasty attacks on his rivals and critics. The higher his poll numbers climb, the lower his rhetoric drops – sometimes to unimaginable insults. 

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According to the CNN/ORC national survey results, Trump is leading with 32 percent of the Republican vote to 19 percent for Carson, 9 percent for former Florida governor Jeb Bush, 7 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and just 5 percent each for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. 

Trump has picked up eight percentage points in the poll since August, according to CNN, and he has practically tripled his support among Republicans since he formally launched his campaign from the lobby of Trump Tower in New York City in June. And defying conventional wisdom, Trump has scored his biggest gains between two groups that once seemed anathema to his campaign -- women and people with college degrees.  

Fiorina chose to respond to Trump’s latest outrage in an interview with another of Trump’s victims, Megyn Kelly of Fox News, who was repeatedly attacked by the presidential frontrunner for asking him tough questions during the first GOP debate August 6 about – of all things—Trump’s long record of nasty and insulting comments about women. Trump went on to suggest that Kelly was having her period during their combative exchanges. 

“Maybe, just maybe, I’m getting under his skin a little bit because I am climbing in the polls,” Fiorina told Kelly.