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It’s a new day and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has daggers for a new target: Rolling Stone.
Thursday morning, Trump joined CNN by phone and discussed his interview in the recent issue of Rolling Stone, both clarifying comments he made about fellow candidate Carly Fiorina and attacking the magazine’s publisher, Jann Wenner, for allegedly altering the piece to make it more “garish.”
“The writer [Paul Solotaroff] actually called me and said, ‘I’m so upset, I wrote this great story and Jann Wenner screwed it up…because they added a lot of stuff, a lot of garish stuff, that I think is disgusting, but they added it,” Trump told CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
Still, the piece wasn’t all bad, Trump said. “The Rolling Stone article had moments of beauty and greatness, and I did like the pictures, actually,” he said.
Wenner Media did not yet respond to a request for comment from The Hollywood Reporter.
The GOP frontrunner also clarified comments he made about Fiorina’s appearance, which were in the Rolling Stone piece published Wednesday.
Solotaroff’s story quotes Trump as saying: “Look at that face!” referring to Fiorina on TV. “Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president. I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
Trump told Cuomo the comments were misunderstood.
“I’m not talking about looks. I’m talking about persona,” Trump said.
Making his rounds on the phone to other programs, Trump called into Thursday’s The View, where he reiterated his Fiorina comments were not about looks.
“She failed miserably at Hewlett-Packard. She failed at Lucent … She ran for the Senate; she lost in a landslide. Now she’s running for president. I’m talking about her persona,” he said.
Co-host Joy Behar interrupted Trump’s remarks to ask why he didn’t say “her brain” instead of “her face.” Trump didn’t directly respond to that.
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