WASHINGTON: Donald Trump hit out hard at Hillary Clinton and Ted Cruz Sunday, sounding unapologetic two days before a key primary in Indiana he says will decide the Republican presidential race.
A new poll ahead of the winner-take-all vote Tuesday put the Republican frontrunner far in front of Cruz, who is hoping the Midwestern state will act as a Trump firewall.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump concentrated on attacking Clinton, doubling down on his much-criticized statement that the likely Democratic nominee’s only appeal to voters is the “woman’s card.”
“She’s done a lousy job in so many ways and even women don’t like her,” he said. “But it is the woman’s card and she plays it. And I will let you know in about six months whether or not she plays it well, but I don’t think she’ll play it well.”
“If she were not a woman, she wouldn’t even be in this race,” he added.
Clinton dismissed his comments on CNN.
“I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak,” she said, going on to criticize a talk Trump gave this week, billed as his first major foreign policy speech.
“I found it disturbing,” she said.
Trump on Sunday also targeted Cruz, dismissing his closest Republican rival’s criticism of Trump’s endorsement by former boxing champion Mike Tyson, whom Cruz called a rapist.
“No big deal, I didn’t have a meeting or anything, I haven’t seen Mike in years,” the real-estate billionaire said on Fox.
Asked whether a victory for Trump in Indiana on Tuesday would clinch the nomination for him, Trump said, “Yes, it’s over,” adding, “I think it’s over now.”
A Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist poll released on Sunday gave Trump a 15-point lead in Indiana.
The survey gave him 49 percent of likely Republican primary voters, followed by 34 percent for Cruz and 13 percent for the third-place candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich.