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Donald Trump tells Fox News he would consider female vice presidential candidate "to counter Clinton's gender"

He told Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade "it's possible -- there are a couple who are really very good"


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 27, 2016 5:19PM (UTC)

On Fox & Friends Wednesday morning, Donald Trump reiterated a point he made during his victory speech Tuesday -- that Hillary Clinton wouldn't even be a viable candidate if she were a man -- but added a new wrinkle, saying that he would consider selecting a female running mate to counter Clinton's gender.

After delivering a mostly "presidential" victory speech last night, Trump briefly veered off-script and talked about his likely opponent in the general election. "I think the only card [Clinton] has is the woman’s card," he said.

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"She's got nothing else going -- and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the woman's card, and the beautiful thing is women don't like her."

On Fox & Friends this morning, after Trump assured a viewer that if elected, he would open investigations into the Clinton Foundation, Benghazi, and the former secretary of state's email servers, co-host Steve Doocy asked whether he thought the possibility of Ted Cruz announcing Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential candidate might help the Texas senator in the upcoming primaries.

"First of all, he shouldn't be naming anybody," Trump said, "because he's millions of votes behind, and hurt himself horribly when he did the 'collusion deal' with Kasich. He's 400 or 500 delegates behind, and now he's naming a vice presidential candidate? It's cute."

After explaining that Cruz's entire campaign is "based on psychology, but psychology doesn't work" -- a strange statement coming from the man who deliberately tapped into the conservative American id -- he went on to note that Fiorina would be a poor choice anyway, as she only had one good debate.

Brian Kilmeade later asked Trump "if [he] would be more likely to name a female VP to counter Clinton's gender."

"It's possible," he said. "There are a couple who are really very good, so it's possible. I don't know if it counters her gender, though, because her poll numbers are really bad with women."

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Watch the entire interview below via Fox News.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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