The writer of the contentious Rolling Stone profile of Donald Trump has spoken out about the celebrity tycoon’s insult about his rival GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s face: “He was not talking about her persona.”
Trump told CNN on Thursday that he was talking about his rival’s “persona” and poor leadership performance at two technology companies when he told Rolling Stone, “Look at that face!”
“I want to the Yale School of Drama,” Rolling Stone contributor Paul Solotaroff said on “Anderson Cooper 360” on Thursday night. “And I thought I knew what persona meant. Perhaps it has a broader application than they taught us in New Haven.”
Solotaroff described the scene on Trump’s private plane for CNN anchor Anderson Cooper, saying there were two Donalds in the room. One, according to Solotaroff, is an “extraordinarily shrewd predator.” The other has “this 12- to 14-year-old boy sort of permanently affixed to his inner life.”
That’s where the Fiorina comments came from, he told Cooper.
“The second guy in the room with us was this guy whose emotional development I think stopped around 13 or 14. The kid that made the crack about Carly. The guy who made the crack about his daughter. The guy who got tossed out of the posh prep schools in Queens and sent to a military academy upstate where no son of a rich man ever winds up unless he really deserves to be there,” he said.
Watch the clip of Solotaroff, from CNN, here.