Following last Thursday's GOP debate, Donald Trump took to Twitter and various talk shows to insult the Fox News' Megyn Kelly with incredibly sexist comments that angered both Republicans and Democrats. He made zero statements about the altercation during a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox News, but despite the silence, Trump is notorious for his brash statements about women, to the point that he's got a consistent arsenal of quips against them. He frequently denounces women based on their appearance and through objectification, slut-shaming, and all-out misogyny. These 11 sexist Donald Trump sayings are enough to leave women breathless in disbelief.
Trump consistently pokes fun at women's appearances. He frequently likens them to dogs, slobs, and fat pigs. The rampant insults were enough to get Kelly's attention, and the journalist asked Trump about his constant use of those words when referring to women during the GOP debate. Midway through her question, Trump interrupted Kelly and instead called out Rosie O'Donnell, claiming those words were only in reference to her. On the contrary, famous, accomplished women of all walks of life have felt the rage of Trump and had similar insults lobbed against them.
Women's Physical Appearance
Trump's attacks on Bette Midler were an excessive reaction to the singer and actress voicing her opposition to Trump entering the political field. Midler said he was ruining New York, and therefore unfit for office. She also poked fun at his hair, which Trump took as an affront and reason to evoke double standards he's very clearly broken.
It's perfectly valid for Trump's political campaign to criticize the Huffington Post for moving their coverage of the presidential candidate into the entertainment section rather than alongside other candidates under the politics vertical. However, it's not even remotely appropriate to spend years intermittently insulting founder Arianna Huffington's appearance in a way that insinuates her ex-husband coming out is the result of her being a poor partner. Huffington, for her part, has refused to engage in Trump's insults.
New York Times journalist Gail Collins' experiences dealing with Trump come courtesy of her op-eds about the GOP hopeful. Before his infamous Twitter rants and feuds, he'd responded to a Collins piece by physically sending her the column with the words "The Face of a Dog!" scrawled on it and her image circled. Trump has since taken to social media to insult Collins, refusing to accept any criticisms against him in a reasonable manner.
In contrast, Trump's feud with Cher has been a lot more colorful. Trump first called out the iconic singer when she criticized Mitt Romney during the 2012 election. Their feud quickly fizzled from there, only recently ramping up when Cher tweeted her thoughts on Trump's presidential announcement, saying she'd rather move to Jupiter than live in a country where Trump is president.
Trump has also frequently slut-shamed women. In a 2006 interview with Larry King, Trump voiced his support of Brad Pitt for not marrying now-wife Angelina Jolie. To Trump, Jolie was guilty of having too many sexual partners. Trump said:
She's been with so many guys she makes me look like a baby, OK, with the other side. And, I just don't even find her attractive. That has nothing to do with why I said it though.
Trump's insults have even extended to fellow political candidates. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Trump insinuated that Hillary Clinton would make a bad president because of her sexual relationship with Bill Clinton.
In yet another insulting tweet, Trump combined his "dog" insult with slut-shaming when discussing Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's relationship. Why he felt compelled to delve into celebrity gossip is beyond me.
Exhibitionism & Transphobia
Trump has also proven that he's somewhat of an exhibitionist as well as transphobic. The Miss Universe committee reportedly disqualified a transgender Miss Universe Canada contestant in 2012 for not being born a woman. An official statement was released by Miss Universe Canada, but Trump stayed initially mum, only commenting after the organization had reinstated the contestant, a beauty pageant veteran named Jenna Talackova.
In a press conference, Talackova's lawyer Gloria Allred questioned the disqualification and demanded an apology despite Miss Universe Canada's change of heart. Allred said Talackova "didn’t ask Mr. Trump to prove he's a naturally born man, or see photos of his birth, or to view his anatomy." Trump's response was incredibly sleazy and insulting. It was a public display of sexual harassment. He called into TMZ about the incident, offering little in terms of sympathy and instead offered to show Allred his penis. Trump said:
I think Gloria would be very, very impressed with [my penis]. I really do. I think she'd have a whole brand new image of Donald Trump... There'll be no apology whatsoever and frankly, if she competes that's wonderful, and if she doesn't want to compete because maybe she thinks she can't win, that's fine also. I couldn't care less.
Ultimately, Trump's objectification of women is what may date back the farthest. In a 1991 interview with Esquire, he had this to say about the media's treatment of him as the nasty divorce with his first wife, Ivana Trump, began. Referring to new sexual partners, he said:
You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive].
Ten years later, he bragged about stealing gossip columnist and colleague A.J. Benza's girlfriend. Trump said that the columnist was "full of shit" and that he could take any girl from him, as if she was an object to snap up. Trump said:
I stole his girlfriend, but I didn’t know I was stealing your girlfriend. I’ve been successful with your girlfriend, I’ll tell you that... A.J., I won your girlfriend. You know it, she knows it, and everybody knows it.
He's also been known to make similar statements about Apprentice contestants, insinuating that every woman on the show had flirted with him:
All the women on The Apprentice flirted with me — consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected. A sexual dynamic is always present between people, unless you are asexual.
The candidate's lengthy track record of sexist sayings and statements makes it hard to take him seriously. There is no way Trump can be president if he doesn't even like or respect half of the population. His frequent insults against any and all who criticize him are at once incredibly inappropriate and the exact opposite of what a president should be. Rather than choosing diplomacy and reasonableness, Trump consistently chooses brashness. It's a tactic that not only hurts the women he attacks but may ultimately cost him the Republican nomination.