Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump delivers foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington

Trump attacks Clinton on gender, risking backlash from women

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Trump delivers foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in WashingtonBy Doina Chiacu and Megan Cassella WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump waded into politically risky territory this week when he accused Democrat Hillary Clinton of exploiting her gender to win votes and said she would have little support if she were not a woman. As Trump and Clinton, fresh off big wins in five Northeastern state primaries on Tuesday, circled each other for a potential matchup in the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, his comments portended what could be an unusually nasty campaign. Like other controversial remarks during his White House campaign, Trump’s comments drew criticism from a wide spectrum but also reinforced his image – which has been attractive to some supporters – for plain talk that defies political norms.

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