At the beginning of the Republican primary debate on Thursday night, Fox News host Megyn Kelly posed the ex-reality TV star with a provocative question.
“You call women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” Kelly said.
“That’s just Rosie O’Donnell,” Trump retorted, drawing whoops and cheers from the crowd.
Kelly continued, saying his comments were directed to women “well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.”
“Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks,” Kelly said. “You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a great picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of the man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the War on Women?”
Trump defended those slurs by suggesting their offensiveness was inherently good.
“I think the big problem this country has is being politically correct,” he said. “I’ve been challenged by so many people and I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.”
Rosie O’Donnell later tweeted in response to Trump’s dig, writing, “try explaining that 2 ur kids.”