23 Times Donald Trump Has Belittled Women To The World
One of the most notable consistencies in Donald Trump's public life, from his start as an up-and-coming real estate developer to his tenure as president of the United States, is the demeaning attitude he's demonstrated toward women. During the three decades or so that he's been famous, Trump has belittled women to the world so frequently, it's hard to keep track.
In many instances, Trump has targeted a specific woman with whom he took issue; Rosie O'Donnell is one famous example of this, but she's far from the only female celebrity to be publicly objectified by Trump. In many other instances, he's made condescending generalizations about the entire female gender.
Either way, the upshot is the same: Trump has a longstanding and well-documented habit of not just insulting women, but actively belittling them. He often does this by insulting their physical appearances and calling them ugly; other times, Trump will imply in one way or another that women should only be valued for their looks. Some of his comments fit into neither of those categories, though, and simply must be seen to be believed.
Here are some of the worst things Trump has said about women, both before he entered politics and after he launched his presidential campaign. It's not pretty.
"You have to treat 'em like sh*t." — On women, New York Magazine interview, 1992
She's A Liar
"The woman’s a liar, extremely unattractive, lots of problems because of her looks." — on the female journalist who reported his "treat 'em like shit" comment, The Hollywood Reporter, 1994
On Your Knees
"It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees." — To a female contestant on The Apprentice, March 2013
"Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she's a woman, and I’m not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?" — On fellow Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Rolling Stone interview, September 2015
"I mean, we could say politically correct that look doesn’t matter, but the look obviously matters. Like, you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful." — To journalist Maria Ngo, VegasNet.tv, 2014
"Rosie O'Donnell is disgusting, inside and out. You take a look at her — she's a slob. She talks like a truck driver." — Entertainment Tonight, 2006
"I just start kissing [women]. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything. Grab them by the p*ssy, you can do anything." — Leaked audio from Access Hollywood, 2005
"Far Worse Than Men"
"There's nothing I love more than women, but they're really a lot different than portrayed. They are far worse than men, far more aggressive, and boy, can they be smart!" — Trump: The Art of the Comeback, 1997
"You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her ... whatever." — On Megyn Kelly's performance as the moderator of a GOP primary debate, August 2015
"You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass." — Interview with Esquire, 1991
Hillary Clinton, Part I
In April 2015, Trump retweeted this comment from a supporter. He later deleted it.
Women In The Workplace
"I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing." — ABC News interview, 1994
"The Great Acts of All Time"
"Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part." Trump: The Art of the Comeback, 1997
How Women Can Win 'The Apprentice'
"It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on The Apprentice were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal." — How To Get Rich, 2004
Hillary Clinton, Part II
"I know where she went, it's disgusting, I don't want to talk about it. No, it's too disgusting. Don't say it, it's disgusting." — On reports that Hillary Clinton went to the bathroom during a commercial break at a presidential debate, Michigan rally, December 2015
Women In The Military
"Sadly, she's no longer a 10." —New York Times interview, August 2015
"I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets." —On his then-wife, Vanity Fair interview, 1991
"She's probably deeply troubled, and therefore great in bed. How come the deeply troubled women — deeply, deeply troubled — they're always the best in bed?" —Interview with Howard Stern, 2004; Lohan was 18 years old at the time
"How do the breasts look?" —On whether he'd stay with his wife Melania if she was disfigured in a car accident, interview with Howard Stern, 2005
Trump doesn't believe that any of this is an issue, though: At a presidential debate in 2016, he declared that "nobody has more respect for women than I do."