“Stupid & insensitive”

Clinton surrogate apologizes for “more ugly women in America than attractive women” comment

Edward Rendell, former governor of Pennsylvania and former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), speaks at the Bloomberg Link Economic Summit in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Former Pennsylvania Governor and key Hillary Clinton surrogate Ed Rendell apologized publicly for remarks he made during an interview in which he told The Washington Post that “there are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women,” comments that went viral when they were published on Wednesday.

“What I said was incredibly stupid and insensitive,” Rendell, 72, told reporters on Wednesday. “When I read it in the article, I said, ‘Did I say that?’ It was just dumb, and stupid, and insensitive, and if I offended anyone, I apologize.”

David Weigel, the Post reporter who conducted the interview, wrote in the newspaper on Thursday that during their conversation Rendell, who is a Democratic superdelegate, didn’t seem to mean any offense when he made the comment, which was one of a handful of colorful and “salty” remarks Rendell made when talking about Donald Trump’s challenges in wooing female Republican voters. Weigel stressed that it was not meant to be a “gotcha” interview, and recounted the full quote from Rendell that got him in trouble:

“Trump’s comments like, ‘You can’t be a 10 if you’re flat chested,’ that’ll come back to haunt him. There are probably more ugly women in America than attractive women,” Rendell told Weigel, who said that Rendell laughed as he said the last few syllables.

Weigel praised Rendell’s apology and said it “likely prevented any further backlash.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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