6 Times Donald Trump Attacked Specific Women, Because This Problem Is More Than Just A Pattern
Welcome to Donald Trump's world! Even with everything he's already said, it feels like last Thursday's Republican presidential debate and its aftermath have finally brought us the full "Trump Experience." And it seems like what all it really sparked was a pointed question from Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly, challenging Trump's history of abusive language towards women. If you're not familiar with some of the stuff Kelly was talking about, however, you might like some examples. Here are six times Donald Trump attacked specific women, because it seems like something he just can't stop.
Trump's tendency to get into these kinds of angry exchanges is dominating the conversation surrounding his campaign right now, although it doesn't seem like any amount of negative coverage can really move him. Trump has already publicly refused to apologize to Kelly after throwing insults at the Fox News anchor on Twitter. During an interview with CNN's Don Lemon, Trump gave comments that seemed accuse her of menstruating during the debate.
Basically, if there's ever a good time to talk about sexism in a campaign, it's when it's so thick and unapologetic that it could end up sinking the whole thing. Here are six times Trump displayed this kind of behavior, although at this rate, you could probably make this a weekly feature.
1. Rosie O'Donnell
Over the years, few women have been in Trump's crosshairs quite like O'Donnell. Back in 2006, when O'Donnell was still a host on ABC's The View, Trump attacked her in a pair of TV interviews, calling her "a big fat pig," a "slob," and "disgusting both inside and out," as detailed by Vox. After Trump tried to play these insults off as a big joke during the debate, O'Donnell had a pretty straightforward response:
2. Katy Tur
During a July interview with NBC's Katy Tur, Trump flashed an extremely condescending look, calling Tur "very naive" when she challenged his rhetoric on crime and illegal immigration, and spoke demeaningly to her when she later stumbled over her words:
3. Elizabeth Beck
Beck, an attorney who was involved in a deposition of Trump back in 2011, came out of the experience with a pretty awful story. She reportedly requested a break during the deposition so she could use her breast pump. According to Beck, the break was agreed upon before the meeting, but Trump refused when the time came. When Beck asked about the break, she claimed he lost it. Here's how Beck described the scene to CNN's Alisyn Camerota in July.
4. Carly Fiorina
It makes sense that Trump might feel a little threatened by Fiorina at the moment. She was dubbed the winner of Thursday afternoon's second-tier debate, and got a considerable bump in the polls out of it. She's also the only woman running in the Republican field. So considering Trump's current imbroglio, you might expect him not to be tweeting stuff like this:
Then again, given Trump's bluntly sexist style, saying that listening to a female peer talk for 10 minutes gave him a headache is probably exactly what we should've expected.
5. Megyn Kelly
Kelly's on-point questioning of Trump on Thursday night is what really set off all this conversation. After giving a testy reply to her question (which basically amounted to "lol political correctness"), Trump has since retweeted someone calling Kelly a "bimbo" and told CNN's Don Lemon that she "had blood coming of her wherever" when she challenged him, a reference he now denies was about menstruation.
The latter remark got him uninvited from an upcoming gathering put on by the conservative website RedState.
6. Gail Collins
As Vox detailed in running down some of Trump's more odious remarks, there's at least one female print journalist with a pretty bizarre telling story about Trump: Gail Collins, columnist for The New York Times. Here's how Collins described it in her 2011 column "Donald Trump Gets Weirder":
There are a lot of ways a potential president could tell off a member of the press that might get people on their side. A newspaper scrawled with "The Face of a Dog" isn't one of them.