Fact checking Donald Trump’s ‘War on Women’

UPDATE — 8/8/2015, 10:15 AM EST: RedState.com chief Erick Erickson has disinvited Mr. Trump from speaking at his organization’s conference Saturday at the College Football Hall of Fame. Megyn Kelly has been slotted to take his place.


One of the highlights of the Fox News/Facebook GOP presidential debate Thursday night came when moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump if he had the temperament to be commander-in-chief, given his comments about females over the years.

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,” Kelly said. “Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks,” she continued. “How will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton . . . that your are part of the ‘war on women’?”

Trump deflected the question with a rebel-rousing response.

“I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness and neither does the country,” Trump shouted. He then eschewed the criticism, explaining, “Frankly, what I say and often times it’s fun, it’s kidding, and we have a good time.”

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Friday morning, Trump denied Kelly’s claims, asserting that “I didn’t say many of those things.”

The following is a partial list of Trump’s sexist comments/incidents over the years, dating back to 1989:

  • 2014 — Called Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington “a dog who wrongfully comments on me” and “ugly both inside and out!” on Twitter.
  • 2013 — On an episode of NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice, Trump commented to ex-Playboy Playmate Brande Roderick, “It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.”
  • 2012 — Tweeted of actress and singer Bette Midler, “whenever she sees me, she kisses my ass. She’s disgusting.”
  • 2011 — Told an attorney during deposition in a Florida real estate lawsuit that she was “disgusting” when she asked to take a break to pump breast milk for her new-born baby. Trump doubled-down in an interview on CNN in July when he said, “She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said ‘that’s disgusting’, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible . . . she’s a vicious, horrible person.”
  • 2011 — New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote a piece in which she described Trump as a “financially embattled thousandaire”. He responded by sending her a clip of the article, on which he had circled her head-shot and wrote “The Face of a Dog!”.
  • 2007 — Trump called Rosie O’Donnell “disgusting” and a “slob” while speaking at “The Learning Annex: Real Estate & Wealth Expo”.
  • 2006 — In a piece filmed for Entertainment Tonight, Trump said O’Donnell is “disgusting” and “unattractive, both inside and out.”
  • 1989 — In a book written in 1993 by Newsweek journalist Harry Hurt III entitled, “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump”, the author cites divorce case deposition in which Trump’s ex-wife Ivana claimed that she was raped by her then husband when he was recovering from scalp reduction surgery. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, recently denied the accusation by stating that “you can’t rape your spouse.”

Mr. Trump apparently didn’t appreciate Kelly’s questions and accusations last night, tweeting the following comments after the debate:

The only female candidate running for the Republican nomination, Carly Fiorina, was asked about Mr. Trump’s comments Friday morning on CNN.

“I have said for some time that no one who claims to represent our party should ever be judgmental in tone, vitriolic, or angry,” Fiorina commented.

When similarly asked about the exchange between Trump and Kelly on CBS Friday morning, Gov. Scott Walker said, “Donald Trump can speak for himself. I’ll tell you I’m not going to use that kind of language.”

Mr. Trump didn’t acknowledge making the comments Kelly accused him of when asked about it Friday on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

“You know, some of the statements she made about the women, I don’t recognize those words whatsoever,” he said. “We’re going to take a serious look at it.”

Mr. Trump and nine other GOP candidates will be in Atlanta starting Friday for the RedState Gathering, a meeting of conservative political activists that lasts through Sunday, Aug. 9.


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