Sexism is, sadly, not uncommon in the political circle. Remember David Cameron’s “Calm down, dear” controversy or John McCain’s rape joke? As for Trump… well, he’s on a whole other level, on his own, king of that region.
During the recent debate, we can’t tell which one stood out more – Trump’s hair, or his sexist comments. For your benefit, we’ll give you the rundown:
#1 The Manterruptions
Vox released a graphic (above) showing the number of times Trump had interrupted Clinton – an insane 25 times in the first 26 minutes, and moderator Lester Holt had interrupted Clinton 15 times. Even The Huffington Post proclaimed, “This is what manterrupting looks like”.
When Clinton criticised Trump’s tax plan and called it the “Trump loophole”, Trump cut her off with “Who gave it that name?” to which Holt stopped him and said, “Mr. Trump, this is Secretary Clinton’s two minutes”.
And this is just one of those moments. Other manterruptions include throwing the word “not” around like a schoolboy and constantly overriding Clinton as she smiled politely.
#2 Miss Piggy
Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996, had accused Trump of driving her into bulimia when she worked for him.
Clinton called Trump out during the debate, stating that Trump:
“…called [Alicia Machado] ‘Miss Piggy’. Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping’ because she was Latina.”
Trump cut Clinton off, playing innocent and asking where did she “find this”. Clinton responded with a resounding “She has become a U.S. citizen… and you can bet she’s going to vote this November”.
#3 The Mansplaining
(of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
During the debate, whilst making a point, Trump addressed Clinton as ‘Secretary Clinton’ and added “yes, is that OK? Good. I want you to be very happy. It’s very important to me”.
Yep. And we all know what he meant by that; she doesn’t look like a man.
Holt asked him what he meant by that and Trump rebutted with a typical response:
“She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina. I said she doesn’t have the stamina. And I don’t believe she does have the stamina. To be president of this country, you need tremendous stamina.”
Clinton’s respond was kick-ass though:
“Well, as soon as he travels to 112 countries and negotiates a peace deal, a cease-fire, a release of dissidents, an opening of new opportunities in nations around the world, or even spends 11 hours testifying in front of a congressional committee, he can talk to me about stamina.”
#5 Oh Rosie
As most people know, Trump called Rosie O’Donnell disgusting – both inside and out.
“If you take a look at her, she’s a slob… 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.”
During the debate, when Clinton brought up the Miss Piggy issue, he defended himself by saying:
“…I said very tough things to [Rosie O’Donnell], and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her.”
Mr. Trump, you don’t speak for everyone but we do when we say that Clinton was better prepared for the debate.
For the transcript, click here.
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Words by Shareen Ho.
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