Well, Donald Trump sure proved Megyn Kelly’s point, didn’t he? Angered by the Fox News anchor’s question during the GOP debate about his disparaging comments about women, Trump went on to rebut her by making . . . more disparaging comments about women.
First, on the debate stage, Trump shocked many in the audience when he threatened the popular Fox News host, saying, “I’ve been very nice to you, although I could probably maybe not be, based on the way you have treated me.” Then, after stewing about her question for hours, Trump lashed out at Kelly in a pre-dawn Twitter rant. In one tweet, he called her “totally overrated and angry” (because strong women who ask tough questions must be “angry”). In another, he retweeted a supporter’s comment calling Kelly a “bimbo.” Then, during a Saturday interview on CNN, he declared that she had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever” during the GOP debate. Trump later insisted that he meant her “nose.”
Sure you did, Donald. Listen to how Trump says “wherever” and judge for yourself.
Trump complained Kelly’s question was “extremely unfair,” but his reaction shows that it was not only fair — it was also highly relevant. Kelly specifically asked how, with his record of comments about women, Trump would be able to answer the charge from Hillary Clinton that he was part of a Republican “war on women.” That would be a particularly tough task given that Trump has tweeted sexually disparaging remarks about Clinton herself. In April, Trump retweeted a supporter’s comment that “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?” Trump apparently thought better of it and deleted the tweet — but not before a screen shot of it was posted online.
Trump has a long history misogynistic comments about women. Trump has called both New York Times columnist Gail Collins and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington “a dog” and said of Huffington, “I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man — he made a good decision.” He called a female lawyer who requested a break from a deposition to pump breast milk “disgusting.” On “The Celebrity Apprentice,” he said of a female contestant, “Must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.” He offered to show lawyer Gloria Allred his private parts, assuring TMZ that she would be “very, very impressed.” And he said of his own daughter, “she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
Trump’s Republican rivals, most of whom had been loath to criticize him for fear of alienating his followers, started to take the gloves off. Carly Fiorina — who put in a stellar performance in the 5 p.m. debate — tweeted, “Mr. Trump: There. Is. No. Excuse,” adding: “I stand with @MegynKelly.” (To which Trump replied on Twitter, “I just realized that if you listen to Carly Fiorina for more than ten minutes straight, you develop a massive headache.”) At least he left her anatomy out of it.
Moreover, his three-day attack on Kelly has overshadowed what was perhaps the most damaging moment of the debate — when he was booed lustily by the crowd for refusing to rule out a third-party run.
Perhaps his comments won’t alienate his hard-core supporters, and the bottom won’t fall out from under his campaign. But his debate performance, and subsequent ranting, certainly put a ceiling on his presidential aspirations. The in-your-face approach to politics — calling your critics “stupid” and telling people to “shut up” — wears on voters after a while. Just ask Chris Christie.
None of this fazes Trump in the least. He said this weekend,“I cherish women.” He sure does. During a 1991 Esquire magazine interview, Trump 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.”
You probably read that wrong.
He meant a beautiful “nose.”