Donald Trump & The Ladies: Why His Attack on Megyn Kelly Isn’t Surprising

Donald Trump & The Ladies: Why His Attack on Megyn Kelly Isn’t Surprising

Donald Trump & The Ladies: Why His Attack on Megyn Kelly Isn’t Surprising

In 1996, Bill Clinton won by 8 million votes. 54% of women voted for Clinton, while 38% voted for Dole, which comes out to an easy 11 million vote difference. Despite his poor history with women, they basically handed him the election. Why? Because those on the Left speak the language of women. Don’t get me wrong, they’re not for women, but they know what to say. In 1964, 1968, and 1972, the gender gap between Democrat voters remained between 2-4 points. However, in 1996 the gender gap was 14 points, in 2000 it was 15 points, in 2004 it was 16 points, in 2008 it was back down to 14 points (+14 being women), but in 2012 the gender gap was a massive 20 points (the +12 being women, -8 being men). Women have, unfortunately, leaned Democrat. Which brings me to the meat of this post:

If Donald Trump is the GOP candidate, we might just see the greatest gender gap in history.

As The Daily Beast points out, Megyn gave Donald Trump the opportunity to defend himself concerning his past remarks on women.

And Kelly reserved her biggest swing for Donald Trump, the bombastic, elaborately coiffed real estate mogul currently topping the polls:

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account has several—”

But is it defensible?

Trump then interrupted Kelly, raised his finger in the air like a bloated, illegal immigrant-hating E.T., and with a smirk replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”

Kelly soldiered on: “Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”

Was it “only Rosie O’Donnel”?

The Donald’s way with words when it comes to women was on full display in his 2004 tome Trump: How to Get Rich, where the then-host of the NBC reality competition series The Apprentice shared a number of sexist remarks about his show.

“All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected,” he bragged. “The early victories by women on The Apprentice were to a very large extent dependent on their sex appeal,” wrote Trump, later adding, “I believe we’re all equal except women still have to try harder and they know it. They will do what they have to do to get the job done and will not necessarily be demure about it.”

No, he’s been objectifying women for years, and that’s why Hillary’s camp is just loving his candidacy. It’s like the War on Women campaign slogans write themselves.

If that weren’t enough, during a 2013 interview with Howard Stern, Trump critiqued the looks of several A-list women, including Halle Berry (“I love her… upper body”), Kim Kardashian (“Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely.), Jessica Chastain (“she’s certainly not hot”), and more.

In 2009, Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean released a memoir entitled, Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks. Prejean wrote about what is allegedly known as “The Trump Rule”—that Miss USA pageant contestants are forced to flaunt their wares in front of pageant owner Trump so that he could play his own personal game of Hot or Not.

His misogynistic views are not shocking to those who have followed his career, how he has garnered respect in any way – whatsoever – is beyond me.

Last month, The New York Timesreported that Trump had a meltdown during a deposition when a lawyer requested a brief break from the proceedings to pump breast milk.

“When the lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, asked for a medical break, Mr. Trump and his lawyers objected, demanding that the deposition continue. Ms. Beck said it was urgent—she needed to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, and she took the pump out to make a point,” wrote the Times. “Mr. Trump erupted. ‘You’re disgusting,’ he told Ms. Beck, in a remark that is not disputed by either side. He then walked out of the room, ending the testimony for the day.”

The Washington Post makes an incredible point here:

If a man’s response to a disagreement with a woman includes commentary on her appearance, apropos of nothing else in the discussion, prepare, at the very least, for some people to regard that response as sexist. The same goes for statements that connect a woman’s appearance with her competency, authority or abilities — unless you happen to be hiring models. (And even then, there remains some room for thought.)

In addition, do we really want someone who can’t remember some incredibly disturbing words that came out of his own mouth?

For the record, Trump reportedly said on Friday, the day after the debate, that he can’t recall using words such as “dog,” ”fat” and “disgusting” in disagreements with women. But Trump’s Twitter feed and history of public comments including those words are well-documented.

So here’s the problem, Conservatives, we want to win, right? We don’t want Hillary in the White House, but yet people are advocating for a candidate that can’t beat her. Female Trump supporters can say, “I’m a woman, and I like him!” until a literal cow jumps over the moon, but they’re barely a fraction of female voters. The fact remains that Donald Trump makes every “War on Women!” attack from the left a legitimate problem that we have to own, and it will be impossible to overcome if he’s running against a female. How does that make you feel?

I looked like a fool last night

We need to stop looking at candidates and saying, “I LIKE HIM!” and start thinking, “can he, or she, win?” If the person I like most could be in the White House, Trey Gowdy would be renting a U-Haul today, but that’s just not the reality. The reality is that Trump can’t win, he won’t win, but he’ll do a great job of making us all look like morons in the process – especially if we keep defending a fool that can’t face a strong woman without leaving her riddled with personal attacks. His past actions, as well as his current actions, serve as nothing more than a walking “Vote Hillary” billboard.

Photographer: Maring Photography/Getty Images/Contour by Getty Images.
Photographer: Maring Photography/Getty Images/Contour by Getty Images.

See that look of admiration on Hillary’s face? Trust me, she is giving him that same look every time he makes a jump in the polls, because she knows he can’t beat her. I understand that people appreciate his loud and proud attacks, and the feeling they get when he’s on stage ripping into people without a hint of political correctness. However, ask yourself if that’s going to be enough to comfort you during Hillary’s inauguration, because that’s where supporting Donald Trump will get you.

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  • Jodi Giddings says:

    Spot on, MaryBeth.

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  • Rick Caird says:

    Garbage piece of writing and lack of thinking. What Republicans need to do is nominate someone who is actually a conservative. Democrats nominated Kerry in 2004 because he could win. He didn’t. Republicans nominated McCain and Romney because they could win. They didn’t. How about Republicans nominate someone who shares their values. What a concept.

    • Marybeth Glenn says:

      Trump is the furthest thing from a conservative. He praised a healthcare system more socialist than the ACA, then he went so far as to say that Canada’s socialist healthcare works great for them, while in a Republican debate. He has supported eminent domain, he did a 180 on every position he had (which were all Democrat/Socialist positions). He financially aided in the uprising of the most horrible administration in our history. He donated to Harry Reid, Obama, Clinton, among many others, even after experiencing the first Obama Presidency. He yells about illegal immigrants, yet he hired them to build his hotels. The idea that this man is a conservative is a joke. How about Republicans nominate someone who has shared their values longer than I’ve had my most recent hairstyle. What a concept.

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  • Eric says:

    Trump won’t be the GOP nominee, but not because of his comments on women (some of which are quite funny, and, in the case of Rosie O’Donnell, dead-on accurate), but because he *seriously* needs some real experience in government before running for president. He could run for mayor of New York (and probably win), and *then* maybe run for president as a credible candidate. Trump’s problem is the same as Dr. Ben Carson’s, meaning, no matter how successful you’ve been in life outside of politics, being president simply isn’t an entry level job.

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