Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense: Defense bill heads to Obama | Oversight panel wants answers on Pentagon waste report Senate Democrats dig in as shutdown approaches Clinton reappears on Capitol Hill for Reid send-off MORE echoed a supporter during a rally on the eve of the New Hampshire primary Monday night who called his Republican presidential rival Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Hill's 12:30 Report Cruz defends Trump's Taiwan call Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test MORE (Texas) a "pussy."
Trump was touting his hardline stance against terrorists from the Middle East when he mentioned Cruz's response during the debate Saturday on the use of waterboarding.
"Honestly I thought he'd say, 'absolutely' – and he didn't," Trump said, suggesting that Cruz was concerned about how some might take his answer on the subject.
"She just said a terrible thing," Trump said, stopping his own remarks at the arena in Manchester and pointing out a woman in the audience, beckoning her to raise her voice.
"You know what she said? Shout it out, 'cause I don't want to," Trump continued. "OK, you're not allowed to say – and I never expect to hear that from you again – she said ... he's a pussy."
"That's terrible, terrible," Trump said as the audience erupted into a mix of laughs and cheers and he threw his hands into the air and moved away from the microphone.
Trump continued by providing a mock "reprimand" of the woman in an effort to belay comparisons to a rally in September when he failed to correct a supporter who said President Obama was a Muslim and not an American.
"For the press, this is a serious reprimand," Trump said after asking the audience if the woman could stay.
Shortly after the Trump rally, Cruz communications director Rick Tyler tweeted that Trump is "turning the campaign into the latest episode of a reality show but let's not forget who whipped who in Iowa."
Trump caught flak earlier Monday from Sen. John McCainJohn McCainSenate votes to elevate Cyber Command in military Senate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk Trump really can't do much to reduce tensions with Putin's Russia MORE (R-Ariz.), who was tortured while he was held in Vietnam as a prisoner of war, after saying he'd bring back waterboarding should he win the presidency.
Trump also went after Marco RubioMarco Rubio House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What the 2016 election can tell us about 2018 midterms Fight over water bill heats up in Senate MORE during the rally for "sweating like a dog" at the debate Saturday night, suggesting the Florida senator had a tough debate in the face of a series of attacks.
Trump is atop polls in New Hampshire heading into Tuesday's primary after taking second place to Cruz in Iowa last week.
Updated at 9:24 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.