For Donald Trump, the hits just keep on coming.
ARolling Stone profile on the Republican presidential front-runner posted Wednesday recounts an episode in which Trump mocks rival candidate Carly Fiorina's looks. The alleged slight took place aboard the billionaire's plane following a rally in Hampton, New Hampshire. Trump was watching Fox News as staff members looked on. Reporter Paul Solotaroff described Trump's reaction when Fiorina appeared on screen:
"Look at that face!" he cries. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!" The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. "I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
“I think those comments speak for themselves,” Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, said Wednesday on Megyn Kelly's Fox News show, adding, “Maybe, just maybe I'm getting under his skin a little bit because I am climbing in the polls.”
In fact, Trump had also singled out Fiorina at the Hampton rally, warning her in terms similar to those he used with moderator Kelly during the first Republican debate.
“Carly was a little nasty to me—be careful, Carly! Be careful! But I can't say anything to her because she's a woman...I promised that I wouldn't say that she ran Hewlett-Packard into the ground. I said I wouldn't say it! That her stock value tanked. That she laid off tens of thousands of people, and she got viciously fired. I said I will not say that. And that she then went out and ran against Barbara Boxer, and...lost in a landslide. And I said, 'I. Will. Not. Say. That!'”
Fiorina, who had strong performance in the GOP's undercard debate, lashed out at Trump over his attack on Kelly, tweeting, “Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse.”
The two candidates will share the stage during the second Republican debate on Sept. 16 on CNN.
(Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of the next debate.)