Donald Trump’s latest remarks this week about women being punished for having an abortion if theoretically the practice were illegal, while causing an uproar and Trump to quickly backtrack, is not the first time he has made controversial and hurtful comments about women.
In his book, “Trump- The Art of the Comeback “ 1997, Donald said all women hate prenups because they are golddiggers.
In an Esquire article in 1991 Donald said “You know it really doesn’t matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” He has also been quoted as saying “women – you have to treat them like shit.”
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Over the years Donald has feuded with the likes of several women, among them New York Times columnist Gail Collins who he said “has the face of a dog”. He has called Rosie O’Donnell a “fat pig”. He has called Fox reporter Megyn Kelly a “bimbo” (more on that later).
In his 2006 book “ Trump 101: The Way to Success” Donald wrote, “ Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art, is just superficial, or something pretty to see.”
Donald, while married to Ivana Trump, was rumored to be having an affair with a young lovely Marla Maples. It culminated in a Christmas 1991 encounter between Marla and Ivana at a ski resort in which Marla asked Ivana if she loved Donald, because she (Marla) did. Note that Marla was a much younger version of Ivana and very lovely in her own right. Ivana eventually divorced Donald in 1992.
Donald and Marla eventually married in 1993 and the marriage lasted only six years. He supposedly questioned why he was marrying her on his wedding day, and when he ultimately divorced her, announced it to the New York Times and when the article appeared in print, proceeded to place it on the bed for her to see.
Donald, as I alluded to earlier, has also feuded with Megyn Kelly of Fox News. In a debate in August 2015, Megyn asked him to respond to claims of calling women “ fat pigs, whores, bimbos and dogs”. Donald tried to lighten the mood by saying it only referred to Rosie O’Donnell, but the damage was done and another war begun. He later referred to Megyn as “ having blood coming out of her- whatever” a phrase many women found insulting.
Donald can be described as misogynistic based on his stated opinions of women, who if they don’t fawn over him, he seeks to destroy as a bully.
In another debate he attacked Carly Fiorina saying, “look at that face, who would vote for that”? In a later debate when Carly responded to him by saying all women in America knew what he meant, he backtracked saying that he thought she was beautiful and that no one respects women more than he.
Of course, the latest war on women by Donald occurred when an anti-Trump SuperPAC with no connections to Ted Cruz published a photo of Donald’s current wife, Melania, taken in 2000 in a nude pose and published in GQ with the headline, “The next first lady or you could vote for Ted Cruz.” This went out to voters in Utah and Donald responded with vicious tweets blaming “lying Ted” and threatening to “spill the beans” on his wife Heidi.
Eventually Donald would tweet a photo of Melania and an unflattering photo of Heidi saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.”
Donald has demonstrated over the years his misogynistic side that women are for his pleasure only and if they cross him there are consequences. Is it any wonder that the polls show he does not do well with women at large?
As to whether he actually believes these things or says them for shock appeal, I cannot tell. After all, he has said he can go down 5th avenue in Manhattan and shoot someone and not lose any followers. The sad thing is he may be right, as he has proven over the years to be a master seducer. Every time he says something controversial and media pundits say he has really done it this time, he gains in popularity.
One thing is for certain, the Donald is a master salesman and manipulator as well as a bully. He will attack anyone who he thinks has attacked him and after the last eight years of Obama, that may be a refreshing thing indeed.