Trump calls women from all walks of life (including "a Playboy Playmate, a new mom, a newspaper columnist") Fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. What could possibly justify such childish comments? There are a number of news stories now that confirm the facts in Megyn Kelly's question. Trump claims that he doesn't remember making any of those comments.
In 2011, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote a column on Trump's financial problems. So how does Trump respond? He sends her back a copy of her column with "a circle drawn around Collins' face and these words: 'The Face of a Dog!'
Last year, Trump also called Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington as "a dog" in a tweet
That is the way presidents should respond to critics? If there is one thing that I learned a long time ago, you are unlikely to change someone else's position and convince them you are right if you make the discussion personal. How is a president going to get Congress to go along with him if he is constantly insulting them?
The list of Trump's derogatory comments against women is incredibly long (see the Washington Post
, New York Daily News
, and here is a 2012 article in the left wing publication Jezebel
). People can read the long list of them for themselves.
But it isn't just obnoxious attacks on those he disagrees with. As one of the contestants on "The Apprentice" noted: “I think it was most uncomfortable when he had one [female] contestant come around the board table and twirl around.
" Or “He asked the men to rate the women — he went down the line and asked the guys, ‘Who’s the most beautiful on the women’s team?’ ”
After first saying he couldn't remember these comments, he was in complete denial: “The question on the women, I didn’t say many of those things
." One comment years ago is easy to forget. Regular comments over a very long period of time? That is much harder to believe.
That said, I agree with Mark Levin that context is important, especially in the case of Rosie O’Donnell. In her case, Rosie O'Donnell had been mocking
Trump before he mocked her. I still would have responded differently. However, I don't think that context will explain Trump's response to Gail Collins. Collins has written very inaccurate pieces about me before, but I never thought of responding in the way that Trump did.
Just as strange, Trump has gone on a rampage with comments attacking Megyn Kelly since her question on Thursday. He first started out saying that she was unprofessional and "really unfair
." So a guy who wants to be president, who lashes out regularly at others, spends days lashing out at Kelly after she asks him a tough question.