A Donald Trump spokeswoman said in an interview Tuesday that the real estate mogul’s sexist comments about women, some of which were recently used in an ad from an anti-Trump super PAC, were made when he was playing a “television character.”
Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Katrina Pierson about the recent anti-Trump ad, paid for by Our Principles PAC, in which women read various quotes the former reality TV star has said about women over the years. Pierson said that she does not think the ad would be a problem for the campaign because the quotes were said by Trump, the former host of NBC’s “The Apprentice,” as a character on television.
“A lot of those statements is what Mr. Trump made as television character,” Pierson said. “So I don’t think that some of that is going to stick. Everyone knows who Mr. Trump is. That’s why they’re having a very hard time, spending hundreds of millions of dollars trying to redefine who Mr. Trump is. He has been in public eye for decades. His negatives are baked in.”
The ad in question highlighted Trump calling women “dogs,” describing his preference for women with large breasts and vowing not to take part in rearing his own children.
Pierson said that the quotes also proved Trump was not “restrained” by his advisors.
“I think over the course of the election cycle since June, Martha, Mr. Trump has been navigating the waters, not being a politician before or political candidate and not being restrained by a lot of these so-called advisors who take the personality out of the candidate, what makes them not so genuine,” Pierson said.
“I think you’re absolutely right,” MacCallum agreed. “We’ve seen so many candidates who get over-managed and who basically strip their own personality out of themselves.”