Donald Trump and Women
Donald Trump is known for his honesty (read: bigotry), a trait that appeals to a lot of people who are tired of vague, useless politispeak leaking from politicians’ mouths like water from a garden hose. However, he has come under a lot of fire recently (and rightly so) for the remarks that he has made about women. So begins the breakdown:
Probably the most well known of his comments is one made during the current presidential race in an early Republican Debate back in August of 2015. In this debate, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said to him, “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals,’” to which he replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” Because yes, that makes it better. This exchange lit the fuse for the feud between Trump and Kelly and resulted in a social media outburst over the sexist things Trump has said about women. The two exchanged a few Tweets for some tense months, but after Kelly interviewed Trump on Fox TV in mid May, they seem to like each other again. Hooray for frenemies?
Trump hasn’t limited his practice of spouting sexism exclusively to his presidential campaign. In 2013 he posted on Twitter, “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military—only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Apparently, sexual assault is now something that just happens when you put men and women together. It’s casual, like picnics and hiking. I mean, it’s not like men and women could find something else to do in their spare time together, right?
In an even earlier interview with Esquire in 1991 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 ass.” No comment. Actually, never mind, I am going to comment, I can’t help it. Women are not objects or possessions without substance. Women are human beings. Imagine if a woman had said that exact quote about men; she would be demonized as “slut” or told that she has no morals.
"She does have a very nice figure . . . if [she] weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her." Yes, you read that right. He just threw that remark out there like he was commenting on the weather. He said this about his daughter Ivanka during an interview on the The View on March 6, 2006.
Just when you thought he couldn’t be any more disgusting, here comes a quote on women from an interview in the November 9, 1992 issue of New York Magazine: “You have to treat ’em like shit.”
In a time where women are very close to being treated as equals to men in our country, it is disheartening to see a man—who, terrifyingly, could be running and representing said country—talk about women with such blatant hatred. But misogyny is only part of the verbal diarrhea that dribbles down Trump’s chin on what we’re sure is a daily basis. Check out what he has to say about everyone else.
Feature illustration by Meagan Guild.