Amidst recent sexual assault accusations against Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s campaign manager, from reporter Michelle Fields, the Trump campaign is becoming more and more unfriendly toward women. Donald Trump is notorious for his offensive comments against almost everyone; Mexicans, Muslims, other minorities, and women.
Over the years, Trump has said many disturbing and misogynistic things about women. A Huffington Post article recorded 18 of the most absurd things he’s said (some of which are below). The list includes quotes from his interviews, tweets, and books.
Some highlights from the collection include the following; “I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?” (from a 1990 Vanity Fair article), “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass” (from an Esquire article), and “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” (from Trump’s book Trump: The Art of the Combeback). Even more Trump quotes can be found here.
Not even Fox News anchors are safe from Trump’s sexism. Megyn Kelly is still awaiting an apology from the GOP front runner after he made the comment “blood coming out of her wherever” (in response to Kelly acting as a moderator for a GOP Debate in 2015) (you can read more about that here). The feud has been ongoing for months now.
And let us not forget about the time (or two) Donald said he would date his daughter Ivanka if she wasn’t related to him. This comment took place on The View (video below: “Trump: If Ivanka Weren’t My Daughter, I’d Be Dating Her”).
Most recently, Trump made inappropriate comments toward Heidi Cruz (which he was later called out for when talking with Anderson Cooper on CNN). Both Trump and Ted Cruz have been talking back and forth about a piece released by the National Enquirer where Trump threatened to blackmail Heidi Cruz (more information here).
All of these comments against women, and I haven’t even gotten to Trump calling for “some form of punishment” for women who partake in illegal abortions (from here and here), his comments about Carly Fiorina’s face (“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 supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”) (from here), and more (and here and here).
Despite saying all of these blatantly misogynistic and sexist things about women, Trump believes these comments should not be held against him because they were released before he decided to run for president. According to a recent Vanity Fair article on Trump,
“Given an opportunity to apologize for insulting remarks he has made in the past, including calling women ‘bimbo,’ ‘dog’ and ‘fat pig,’ the Republican front-runner waved them away, saying ‘I never thought I would run for office’” (read more here).
Trump genuinely believes that “nobody has more respect for women” than him (quote from here), and that his past comments and actions should not be held against him. Despite everything he is trying to say he will do for women, Trump is not our ally.
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