In an interview with Good Morning America, Megyn Kelly revealed how Trump's words impacted her daughter. Kelly became a frequent target of Trump's ire during the 2016 election after she explicitly asked him to discuss his treatment of women during the first debate of the Republican primaries:
You've called women you don't like "fat pigs," "dogs," "slobs" and "disgusting animals." Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women's looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?
Over the months that followed, Trump insulted Kelly's abilities as a reporter, even implying that her moderation of the debate had been affected by her menstrual cycle, and retweeted several people referring to her as a bimbo.
Despite Kelly's efforts to keep her 5-year-old daughter unaware of these attacks, it ultimately did not work and Kelly found herself having to teach her child some heartbreaking lessons.
Yardley Brunt, Kelly's daughter, is one of just many young girls who have been negatively impacted by Trump's disparaging comments about women's abilities and looks: A poll focused on teen girls conducted for The New York Times found that 42 percent of the participants said Trump's words had affected how they perceived their bodies. One of the participants, 15-year-old Morgan Lesh, said, "That hits me hard when people like Trump say people who are skinnier than I am are too big. It makes me feel extremely insecure about myself."
Kelly described the encounter with her 5-year-old during her Good Morning America appearance, citing the heartbreaking moment her daughter asked her what a bimbo is.
The Clinton campaign released an ad in September highlighting the damaging effect Trump's views on women might have on young girls, and statistics like those from the aforementioned poll, as well as experiences like those of Yardley, suggest the Democrat's team was right to be concerned.
In the meantime, let's continue to promote inspiring female figures to open the eyes of the youngest of us as to what they can achieve.