Donald Trump professes love for women amid latest row

Donald Trump has professed his love for women and said he would be their best advocate if elected president, dismissing the firestorm of his own making that has consumed the Republican presidential campaign.

Donald Trump professes love for women amid latest row

Even as he asserted that one of his main challengers is the one in trouble with women voters, the only woman in the GOP contest said she believes women are “horrified” by Trump’s comments and that the billionaire businessman may be unprepared for the pressure that comes with being president.

“I apologise when I’m wrong, but I haven’t been wrong. I said nothing wrong”, said Trump, who called in to four Sunday news shows, skipping only Fox News, the network with which he is feuding.

“I’m leading by double digits, so maybe I shouldn’t change,” he boasted to NBC’s Meet the Press.

Trump’s unconventional, insurgent campaign has excited many anti-establishment conservatives while confounding party leaders already facing the prospects of a bruising fight among 17 candidates.

The latest controversy started on Thursday night when Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly recounted Trump’s history of incendiary comments toward women. Angry over what he considered unfair treatment at the debate, Trump told CNN on Friday night that Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever”.

That remark cost Trump a prime-time speaking slot at the RedState Gathering, the Atlanta conference where several other presidential candidates spoke to about 1,000 conservative activists.

RedState host Erick Erickson said in a statement that Trump had violated basic standards of decency, even if his bluntness “resonates with a lot of people.” The Trump campaign retorted by calling Erickson a “total loser” who backs other “establishment losers.”

Yesterday, Trump stuck to his assertion that only “a deviant” would interpret his comment beyond a harmless barb. Jeb Bush, the presidential favourite for many top Republican donors, said at RedState that Trump’s bombast would hurt the GOP’s chances with women, who already tilt toward Democrats in presidential elections. “Do we want to win? Do we want to insult 53% of our voters?” the former Florida governor asked.

Trump contended on CBS’s Face the Nation that it’s Bush who has the problem with women, thanks to a comment the former Florida governor made last week when discussing cutting off federal money for Planned Parenthood.

“I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues,” Bush said. He later issued a statement saying he had misspoken and was referring only to the “hard-to-fathom $500m (€455m) in federal funding” for Planned Parenthood.

“He’s got a huge problem,” Trump said of Bush. He said Bush’s comment was worse than a video recording of 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney in which Romney said that 47% of voters were dependent on the government and would vote for president Barack Obama, no matter what, alienating voters.

Trump also professed his love for women, pointing to the many he has hired over the years to work for him.

“I cherish women. I want to help women. I’m going to do things for women that no other candidate will be able to do,” he said on CNN’s State of the Union, promising to do more for women’s health care than anyone.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, the only woman running for the GOP nomination, was among the first to speak out.

“I think women of all kinds are really sort of horrified by this,” she told CBS.

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