After coming under fire for his comments about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly following the first GOP debate, Donald Trump is changing his tune about women. During Wednesday’s second debate, Trump declared that, if elected President of the United States, he would protect women.
“I will take care of women. I respect women. I will take care of women,” Trump said when asked about women’s health.
However, Trump’s track record with women suggests otherwise:
Esquire, 1991: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [they] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
From Trump: The Art of the Comeback, 1997: “There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else. The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp. There is also the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her.”
The Daily News, 2004: “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me – consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
ABC News, 2006: “If Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” A Trump spokesman later said it was a ‘joke’.
Rosie O’Donnell part one – Entertainment Tonight, 2006: “Rosie O’Donnell is disgusting, both inside and out. If you take a look at her, she’s a slob. How does she even get on television? If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.’ We’re all a little chubby but Rosie’s just worse than most of us. But it’s not the chubbiness — Rosie is a very unattractive person, both inside and out.”
But it didn’t end there. Trump also made a jab at her love life: “Rosie’s a person who’s very lucky to have her girlfriend. And she better be careful or I’ll send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend, why would she stay with Rosie if she had another choice?”
Larry King Live, 2007: “I really understand beauty. And I will tell you, she’s [Angelina Jolie] not – I do own Miss Universe. I do own Miss USA. I mean I own a lot of different things. I do understand beauty, and she’s not.”
On Anne Hathaway, 2008: The actress broke off her relationship with Italian real estate developer Raffaello Follieri after it was found by the IRS he had engaged in fraudulent activity. Naturally, Trump had something to say: “So when he had plenty of money, she liked him. But then after that, not as good, right?”
‘The Trump Rule’, 2009: In her memoir Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks, former Miss USA Carrie Prejean claimed, as a requirement, the contestants were to parade in front of Trump so he could separate those who he found sexually appealing from those he did not. She wrote: “Many of the girls found this exercise humiliating. Some of the girls were sobbing backstage after [Trump] left, devastated to have failed even before the competition really began … even those of us who were among the chosen couldn’t feel very good about it – it was as though we had been stripped bare.”
On Cher, 2012: When the singer criticised Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, Trump had a few things to say about her appearance. Trump tweeted:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 11, 2012
Arianna Huffington part one, 2012: Huffington is a regular target of Trump’s – and, of course, he has nothing to attack but her looks.
.@ariannahuff is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man- he made a good decision.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2012
On Bette Midler, 2012: No one is immune from Trump’s wrath – not even legend Bette Midler. He will @ you.
While @BetteMidler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 28, 2012
Rosie O’Donnell part two, 2013: I’m sure it’d take O’Donnell much more than a trillion dollars.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2013
On sexual assault in the military, 2013: Trump logic – don’t put men and women together or you’re bound to have a few (tens of thousands) rapes.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
Arianna Huffington part two, 2015:
How much money is the extremely unattractive (both inside and out) Arianna Huffington paying her poor ex-hubby for the use of his name?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2015
On Hillary Clinton, 2015: He tweeted, and soon deleted: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
Rosie O’Donnell part three – First GOP debate, 2015: Megyn Kelly asks Trump a question. “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account has several-”
Trump then interrupts Kelly, finger raised in the air, and with a smirk replies: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
Kelly continues: “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?”
On Megyn Kelly, 2015: In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Trump implies Kelly was on her period during the debate: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her… wherever…”
He also shared this tweet, calling Kelly a ‘bimbo’:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
Rolling Stone, on Carly Fiorina, 2015: “Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.”