CNN host Chris Cuomo on Wednesday asked presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump how he expected to win with a strategy of reducing Hillary Clinton to “just a woman.”
After Trump won big in five states on Tuesday, he argued in his victory speech that Clinton was playing “the woman card” and that she would only get 5 percent of the vote if she were a man.
“Do you think that’s a winning formula for saying ‘the woman card’ is all that Hillary Clinton has?” Cuomo asked Trump on Wednesday.
“Yes,” Trump insisted. “She is a woman, she is playing the woman card left and right. She didn’t play it last time [in 2008] with Obama but she is playing it much harder this time. And she will be called on it.”
“How do you call someone on being a woman?” Cuomo wondered.
“You just tell them they’re playing the woman’s card,” the front-runner stated.
“But what does that mean?” Cuomo pressed.
“If she didn’t, she would do very poorly,” Trump opined. “I know it because I think if she were a man and she was the way she is, she would get virtually no votes.”
“It sounds dismissive of her gender,” the CNN host observed.
“When I came out I was competing against 17 capable people,” Trump said. “I was competing against 17 very capable people — and a woman. And what happened was one by one they disappeared.”
Watch the video below from CNN, broadcast April 27, 2016.