Donald Trump: Remarks About Women Came When He Wasn’t Expecting to Run for Office

March 29, 2016 Updated: March 29, 2016

Donald Trump says he made many of his now-infamous comments about women when he wasn’t expecting to run for office.

During a radio interview in Wisconsin–just eight days before the state primary–the Republican frontrunner said he actually supports women.

I pay women, in most cases, more than I pay men.
— Donald Trump

“Women are just going to have to see what I’ve done,” Trump said in a response to an advertisement that bashes some of his past comments on women, including “bimbo,” and “fat pig.”

“I’ve hired tremendous numbers of women. Women are in highest executive positions. I pay women, in most cases, more than I pay men, which is more than most people can say.”

Trump admitted he’s made sexist comments in the past, but added: “I never thought I would run for office.” 

Trump said he prefers talking about trade and border security.

“I’ve been a person that’s been in the entertainment business and a very big person in business, and I’ve been quoted over the years by everybody, almost from the time I started business. For whatever reason, I became a celebrity in a sense,” he told Charlie Sykes of WTMJ.

Sykes challenged Trump, saying: “Are the rules different for celebrities?” 

“Well, I’ll tell you what, the rules aren’t different, but certainly I never thought I would run for office,” Trump responded.

Sykes then asked Trump about his feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

“I’m not a fan of Megyn Kelly. I mean, I’m allowed to say that. If Megyn Kelly were a man, I would be saying the exact same things about Megyn Kelly and same thing with Rosie O’Donnell. Not a fan of Rosie O’Donnell, nor is she a fan of mine. And you know what, you go back and forth,” he said.

“I don’t think there should be a double standard for somebody if they are a woman, but I can tell you this, Charlie, I have been better to women than any of these candidates, frankly.” 

Trump later said he prefers talking about trade and border security as opposed to his views on women.