Donald Trump has insulted women for decades.
Trump reminded us of this when he unleashed a war of words on Fox News host Megyn Kelly, questioning her professionalism and suggesting she treated him unfairly at a Republican debate last year because she was menstruating. (Trump later denied that suggestion.)
Kelly had asked Trump about his stance on women, saying, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump tried to cut her off, insisting he’s only said those things about Rosie O’Donnell.
Kelly and Trump have “agreed to disagree,” according to Kelly. And Trump told Face the Nation that he’d be “phenomenal to women.”
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But Kelly was right to question him on his stance on the women. The leading Republican candidate has repeatedly insulted women. Here are 28 instances:
1. He insulted pretty much all women. In a May 1991 Esquire magazine profile, Trump had this to say about his recent bad press: “You know, it really doesn’t matter what they write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass. But she’s got to be young and beautiful.”
2. He insulted a breastfeeding mother. “You’re disgusting.” Trump hurled this barb at a female lawyer, who, during a deposition involving Trump, asked for a medical break to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter.
3. He insulted Kristen Stewart.
4. He insulted New York Times columnist Gail Collins. Trump sent her one of her columns, in which she called him a “financially embattled thousandaire,” with her picture circled and a note saying, “The Face of a Dog.”
5. He insulted Brande Roderick, a contestant on The Apprentice. “It must be a pretty picture,” he said to her. “You dropping to your knees.”
6. He insulted Bette Midler.
7. And yes, he insulted Rosie O’Donnell.
He insulted moms who expect their husbands to change diapers. In a 2005 radio interview, Trump said he didn’t change diapers because it’s the wife’s job. In fact, he said he wouldn’t marry a woman who expected this of him. “There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife and you know there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that,” Trump said. “So you know, they go for it.”
He insulted all Muslim women. When Donald Trump went after Ghazala Khan, mother of fallen Iraq War veteran Humayun Khan, he invoked gross stereotypes about Muslim women. In July, Ghazala Khan stood next to her husband, Khizr, as he delivered a passionate speech at the DNC excoriating Trump. Noting that Ghazala did not speak, Trump told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos,”Look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.” Ghazala Khan then spoke out in a powerful Washington Post op-ed saying she chose not to speak because she was too emotional.
He accused Hillary Clinton of playing the “woman card.” “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote,” Trump said in April. “The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card.” Here’s a reminder that Hillary Clinton is a former secretary of state, U.S. senator, and first lady, making her one of the most qualified presidential candidates in U.S. history. And considering America has experienced 227 years of male presidents and zero years of female presidents, one might reconsider how much Trump is benefitting from the “man card.” The absurd comment was a boon to the Clinton campaign, which drafted up actual “woman cards” for Clinton supporters
8. He insulted victims of sexual harassment. Both men and women can be victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, though women make up nearly 80 percent of the victims. And Trump believes that if a woman is harassed, she — not the harasser — should leave the workplace. In the wake of multiple sexual harassment allegations against former Fox head Roger Ailes — whom Trump called a “very, very good person” — Trump opined on what his daughter Ivanka should do if sexually harassed. “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” he said to USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers. Just a few weeks later, Ailes, since ousted from Fox, is advising the Trump campaign ahead of the presidential debates.
9. He insulted women seeking abortions. More precisely, Trump believes that women who seek abortions should receive “some form of punishment” if abortions become banned. Because defunding Planned Parenthood, enforcing hundreds of anti-abortion restrictions across the country in recent years, and enduring increasing harassment at clinics isn’t punishment enough. Trump later walked back these comments, sort of, saying that instead, doctors should be punished for providing abortions if the procedure were made illegal.
10. He insulted NBC reporter Katy Tur. Trump has taunted NBC reporter Katy Tur relentlessly during the 2016 election cycle, calling her “Little Katy” and a “Third-Rate reporter,” even tweeting that she “should be fired.” At one rally in South Carolina, his attacks against made his supporters so belligerent that Secret Service had to escort Tur back to her car.
11. He attacked reporter Michelle Fields’s character. When former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields alleged that former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski assaulted her at a Trump event, Trump’s campaign assassinated Fields’s character, implying that Fields has exhibited a “a larger pattern of exaggerating incidents.” Trump himself called Fields “terrible” in an interview with Fox & Friends’s Geraldo Rivera and even suggested that she assaulted him. “Maybe I should file a report, she was grabbing me,” he said.
12. He insulted Heidi Cruz. After an anti-Trump Super PAC released an ad shaming Melania Trump for posing nude in British GQ in 2000, Trump went after opponent Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi. First, he threatened to “spill the beans” on Heidi: