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Is Giuliani Finally Just Saying What Trump Voters Think of a Woman President?

Is Giuliani Finally Just Saying What Trump Voters Think of a Woman President?

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Trump's manner of speaking about women is spreading like an infection.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani denied saying Donald Trump is a better presidential candidate "than a woman" in an interview carried Tuesday by Cleveland TV station WOIO -- despite footage of him making that exact comment.

In the original interview with ABC's This Week, Giuliani said, "Don't you think a man who has this kind of economic genius is a lot better for the United States than a woman?"

While many were shocked by Giuliani's blatantly sexist statement, some women, such as writer Nina Sabak, expressed relief that Trump supporters were finally saying what they thought.

"Rudy, I do respect that you straight-up went for it," Sabak wrote on Facebook, "but I'M NOT SURE YOU SHOULD HAVE GONE FOR IT."

Giuliani's comparison of the sexes was covered by the Associated Press and Politico, among numerous other news outlets. A Washington Post article published Tuesday said its sources suggest Giuliani might be gunning for a position within the hypothetical Trump administration. Perhaps there is no better way to show allegiance to Trump than by taking a seat on the antiwoman bandwagon.

Trump has fat-shamed a former Miss Universe winner and gotten into fights with both Fox News journalist Megyn Kelly and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while also bringing up his hatred of out comedian Rosie O'Donnell whenever possible. There are more examples, but we'll stop there.

In contrast, while Giuliani is known within New York City for fighting crime with civil rights violations (including the "stop and frisk" policy Trump loves), he is best known outside the city for his admirable performance following terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. For many, his recent Trumpery seems out of character, causing journalists to literally wonder aloud if he has lost it.

When confronted with his sexist statement, however, in typical Trump fashion, Giuliani denied it.

"I didn't say he'd be better than a woman for president," Giuliani told Cleveland 19. "I said 'Donald Trump said X, Y, Z and that woman said...' I referred to her in 'that woman' in the way you would say 'that man'... I don't believe that a man would be better than a woman for president."

Trump once claimed his "blood coming out of her wherever" comment about Fox's Megyn Kelly was misinterpreted by a perverted media. There was audio of that entire comment as well.

This isn't the first controversy over women Giuliani stepped freely into. Previously, the mayor -- who was estranged from his children due to marital infidelity -- seemingly attacked Hillary Clinton for her marriage in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press.

Asked whether it was fair to criticize Clinton's handling of her husband's affairs when he had his "own infidelity charge," Giuliani, who is in his third marriage and cheated on his second wife, said, "Well, everybody does. And I'm Roman Catholic, and I confess those things to my priest."

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