Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a swipe at Heidi Cruz, the wife of GOP candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, on Twitter on March 23.
Trump retweeted an unflattering picture of Heidi next to an attractive picture of Melania Trump -- Trump's third wife and former model -- with the caption: "No need to 'spill the beans.' The images are worth a thousand words."
Trump was slammed on Twitter by women, and Cruz tweeted back: "Donald, real men don't attack women. Your wife is lovely, and Heidi is the love of my life."
Trump was apparently responding to a meme/ad created by an anti-Trump super political action committee earlier in the week that mocked a mostly nude picture of Melania as the future first lady. The Cruz campaign is not legally allowed to coordinate with any super PAC and denied doing so, but Trump held Cruz responsible and threatened to "spill the beans" on Cruz's wife.
A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll found that half the women in the U.S. have a "very unfavorable" view of Trump, which was an increase from 40 percent in October 2015.
The new poll surveyed 5,400 women from March 1-15.
"I think Trump is very scary," Mariah Dobias, an Ohio voter, told Reuters. "He says he is going to make America great, but he doesn't say how he is going to do it besides alienating whole groups of people."
Carolyn Hostetler, a Tennessee voter, disliked "the way he has belittled women."
"He's a little unpredictable, as we've seen," Kathleen Douglas, a Florida supporter of Trump, countered. "He's going to put other world leaders on edge."
"If the presidential election were tomorrow, women would be a big problem for Trump," GOP strategist David Carney explained to Reuters. "But he has time to fix it."
Despite Trump's insulting comments about females, he has maintained a 60 percent favorability rating among Republican women, Reuters notes.