Donald Trump fights back against anti-women accusations

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Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump are seen on stage following the prime time Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s latest controversial comments have dominated the weekend’s political headlines, much to the chagrin of some of his rivals in the Republican presidential race.

Several have declined to weigh in, hoping to turn the spotlight away fromTrump. Others seized the opportunity to chide him for remarks seen by many as insulting to women.

The firestorm began during Thursday night’s debate when Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly asked Trump about past incendiary comments toward women.Trump bristled at the question, and the next day told CNN Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes” and, as he put it, “blood coming out of her wherever.”

The only woman in the GOP presidential race says she thinks women are “horrified” by Trump’s comments. Carly Fiorina says there’s a difference between being politically incorrect and insulting.

On CBS, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO also questioned Trump’s suitability for office, saying “you cannot have a president who is thin-skinned.”

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul says vulgarity shouldn’t be rewarded. He told Fox, “I don’t think vulgarity equates with insight.”

Making the rounds of the Sunday news shows, Trump insisted he said nothing wrong. He said he cherishes women and would be their strongest advocate if elected.

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