Sexism, the Republican Debate, and Donald Trump

Madison Jill Miller



I watched the Republican Debate last night not only for entertainment value (drink every time someone mentions Ronald Reagan!), but also to stay informed. And also, honestly… out of pure confusion. How is Donald Trump ACTUALLY the front-runner to be the Republican Candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election?



My disbelief came from two things: First, I’ve witnessed Trump showing his sexist side more times than I can count. Let’s go over some of my favorite ones, shall we?


1. The (very recent) comments about Fox News journalist, Megyn Kelly and her menstrual cycle:

Yes- you read that right. After a serious of tough questions from Megyn Kelly about Trump making sexist comments in the past, Trump responded saying Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her….wherever.”



2. Calling Ariana Huffington, Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief on the Huffington Post, ugly and commenting on her personal life:

From Trump’s Twitter: “@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.”



3. When he publically blamed Hillary Clinton for his husband’s affair, claiming she wouldn’t be able to satisfy America as president, either.




Note that the tweet was quickly deleted by a PR intern who “looks after his twitter,” probably for this exact reason. Not quickly enough to avoid screenshots, though. 



4. His incestuous comments about his daughter’s body. 

            I don’t think Ivanka would do that [pose for Playboy], although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”


Um…. Ew. 




Secondly, I read an article last week in Rolling Stone magazine where Donald Trump makes another overtly sexist remark. This time it was about another Republican presidential nominee, Carly Fiorina. In the article, which you can find here, Trump is asked about Fiorina in the interview. His response?





               “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"


Trump immediately received backlash from all social media platforms, and he later backtracked and said he was talking about Fiorina's "persona," not her looks. 


During the Republican debate last night, the interviewer asked Carly Fiorina asked what she thought of Trump’s “persona”. Her response was nothing short of graceful…and ice-cold:


                  “Woman all over this country heard very clearly what Mr. Trump said.”


Trump’s 1950’s response was the best part of the evening:  “I think she’s got a beautiful face. And I think she’s a beautiful woman.”



And there it is, folks. The nail on the coffin. The cherry ontop of the sundae, the toothpick in the sandwhich that a female, no doubt, whipped up in the kitchen for him—because that’s where he feels they belong.



In my book, Trump is officially sexist. As Hilary Clinton said on twitter, following Trump’s statement: “Mr. Trump should stop focusing on women’s looks and start respecting them.” I couldn’t agree more.