While Donald Trump may be frontrunner of the Republican party at this point in time, he’s not only starting a war against Democratic candidates Hilary Clinton and Bernie Sanders; his war wages on most people living in the United States. If you aren’t a white, American man, it’s pretty clear that Trump doesn’t have your best interest in mind. His dishonest arguments, playground-level bullying, and ignorant commentary have been directed at African Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, LGBT people, and women. My guess, is you might fit into one of those categories, considering that according to the US Census Bureau, the population consists of 50.8% women, 17.4% Hispanics and 13.2% African Americans. For females, his sexist attitude is a reminder of how our gender still suffers in the face of inequality and will continue to do so if (hell freezes over) and Trump gets elected. If you catch Trump talking, you’re pretty sure to catch a line of sexist commentary, but in case you try to avoid the man whenever he speaks – like me – here’s ten comments Trump has made that belittle, disrespect, and hurt women.
10) TRUMP COMPARES POSSIBLE FUTURE FIRST LADIES BASED ON THEIR BEAUTY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
Here’s a retweet – which let’s be honest, is as telling as a tweet – in which Donald Trump uses his wife’s beauty against fellow GOP candidate Ted Cruz’s wife’s beauty as an argument for why he should be president. Pulling wives into the tensions and crossfire surrounding a presidential candidacy has been frowned upon in society, but for Trump all lines must be crossed. For women in the American society who have constantly tried to be respected for more than their looks, Trump using Melania Trump’s beauty as a comparison point over Ted Cruz is wildly inappropriate.
9) TRUMP TO MEGYN KELLY “WITHOUT ME HER RATINGS WOULD TANK” – REALLY?
Why does @megynkelly devote so much time on her shows to me, almost always negative? Without me her ratings would tank. Get a life Megyn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2016
Twitter is truly Trump’s friend; he uses it often to hash out his opinions on all things political and not political. Megyn Kelly, an established Fox news journalist and commentator, has been the brunt of plenty of Trump’s tweets. Kelly, who was named to Time’s “The 100 Most Influential People” list in 2014, hosted the Republican Party presidential debate on August 6, 2015. She asked Trump if a man of his temperament should be elected as president, generating a range of comments, most of which were positive.
In the above, Trump states that her ratings are due to him, when in reality Kelly has made waves as a successful female journalist long before Trump was a trending topic. For a possible presidential candidate to be so upset by a reporter doing her job, does not bode well with a future of diplomatic relations and conversations both in the US and around the world.
8) TRUMP DIGS UP CLINTON’S HISTORY AND USES IT TO TARNISH HER PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN
Thankfully, the internet is a place where even the moments you want to forget can be captured forever… like this deleted Donald Trump retweet about Hillary and Bill Clinton’s marriage and the problems it has had. Though Americans all know and remember a time when Bill Clinton was investigated for cheating on Hillary with Monica Lewinsky which led to his impeachment, using this twenty-year-old case against Hillary is a low blow. Personal matters are, for the most part, supposed to remain personal even during a presidential race. Bill Clinton cheating on Hillary doesn’t say much about her as a political figure and what she is capable of. Even more so, a comment like the above lays the blame on a woman when the man made the mistake, similar to the way people often ask women who were raped what they were wearing when it happened.
Also, if we really want to compare, while Bill and Hillary have worked through issues in their marriage and stayed together, Trump has had three wives, not making him a role model for being a satisfying spouse either.
7) LATI(NO) WAY: TRUMP CALLS LATINOS RAPISTS
Back when Trump opened up his presidency campaign, he began by calling all Latinos rapists with a statement that stunned viewers, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” While this one doesn’t hit on women directly, it’s too absurd and racist to not include in the roundup. Let’s be honest, not just one non-white, non-male group is caught in the Trump spitfire. All non-white, non-male groups are caught with them.
6) TRUMP TO WOMEN: “YOU WOULDN’T HAVE YOUR JOB IF YOU WEREN’T BEAUTIFUL”
In 2014, Trump, who once co-owned the Miss USA pageant, was caught on air stating, “We could say politically correct that the look [of women] doesn’t matter, but the look obviously matters,” continuing towards the journalist asking the question, “Like you wouldn’t have your job if you weren’t beautiful.” In 2016, we are fighting for women to have equal pay, but I thought we were mostly past the sexualizing of a woman in the workplace. Trump sets us back forty years with a comment like this, towards a successful working woman.
When Trump announced his presidential run and insulted Latinos everywhere, NBCUniversal’s NBC and Univision networks refused to air the Miss USA pageant. Trump proceeded to buy out NBC’s half of the Miss Universe Organization and then sold the whole thing to WME/IMG. In a last-minute deal, the Reelz channel aired the pageant, on which it drew 4 million fewer viewers than the year before when it was on NBC.
5) TRUMP BELIEVES THAT AGGRESSIVE WOMEN MUST BE MENSTRUATING
Easier watched than told is the time when Trump said that Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her whatever,” after she aggressively questioned him during the Republican party presidential debate on August 6, 2015. As a reminder: reporters and journalists during debates are supposed to aggressively question candidates. That is literally their job. Trump opted out of attending the Iowa January 28 debate where Kelly would be moderating. In response to his sexist comments, Kelly responded by saying she would not “apologize for doing good journalism”. Two claps to Kelly for taking the high road.
4) TRUMP ON ROSIE O’DONNELL: “WE’RE ALL A LITTLE CHUBBY, BUT ROSIE’S JUST WORST THAN MOST OF US”
Trump’s hatred for Rosie O’Donnell runs far and wide. In 2006 O’Donnell criticized Trump for his decision not to fire Tara Conner, a Miss USA recipient who was known to abuse drugs – keep in mind that Miss USA winners have been removed of their crown for a range of different reasons. She continued by calling him a “snake-oil salesman,” to which Trump has responded negatively for years and years, holding a grudge that has allowed hundreds of ugly comments come out of his mouth.
Many of Trump’s comments have been in regards to O’Donnell’s weight. Body positivity is an ongoing struggle in America, with many corporations, publications, and industries looking to be more accepting of a higher bodyweight. Trump’s use of the word “fat” in retort to O’Donnell insinuates that bodyweight has to do with a person’s personality and morals, when it clearly does not.
3) TRUMP BELIEVES MEN CAN’T RESIST THE URGE TO RAPE
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
In this tweet, Trump is unsurprised by sexual assault cases because it’s what is “expected” when men and women are together. Well, that’s reassuring since we live in a society where men and women together on a daily basis. I believe not only women, but also men, should be offended that Trump thinks they can’t help but sexually assault each other when together.
2) TRUMP STATES, WE GASP: “HILLARY GOT SCHLONGED”
On December 18, 2016, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Trump stated that Clinton “got schlonged” in her 2008 primary run. While Trump’s sexist comments have stopped surprising and now simply appall, this one pushed the boundaries considering “schlong” is slang for a man’s genitals. Saying that Clinton was “schlonged”, touches a bit too close to saying she got raped… then again, we know how Trump stands on rape. So maybe we aren’t surprised after all.
1) WOMEN WHO GET ABORTIONS SHOULD FACE CRIMINAL PUNISHMENT… WAIT WHAT?
On March 30, 2016, Trump stated that women should incur “some form of punishment” if they choose to get an abortion. Of course, the backlash for this comment quickly caused our least favorite candidate to clarify his statement saying, “If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.” Yes it’s contradicting. Yes, it’s confusing. But then again, what about Trump isn’t?
Even by his impossibly low standards, @realDonaldTrump‘s suggestion that women be punished for seeking abortion is abhorrent.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 30, 2016
The list of Trump’s insults is long and ever-growing. In a time when the Republican candidate needs women voters, he seems to only succeed in pushing them away. Though his comments say otherwise, Trump truly believes he has a woman’s best interest in mind.
The media is so after me on women Wow, this is a tough business. Nobody has more respect for women than Donald Trump!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2016
Rather than believing these two tweets preaching desperately for women’s support, I’ll choose to believe the absurd actions, comments, speeches, and tweets Trump has made that only prove how sexist, racist and prejudice he really is. They remind women only of the inequality we suffer and will continue to under his possible presidential lead. In a world of inequality, I’ve had enough, haven’t you? Rather than “Make America Great Again,” let us make America #equal, first and foremost by saying goodbye to Trump.