President Trump has long made incendiary rhetoric a pillar of his brand. From his very first speech announcing his intentions to run for president, he infamously called Mexicans rapists and drug dealers.
It only got worse from there. At different points throughout the campaign, most experts predicted he’d eventually abandon the more crass and vile statements and tweets, if for no other reason than he couldn’t afford to alienate so many people ahead of the election.
Turns out he could, and a year and a half into his presidency, he’s as crass and vile as ever. While his attacks on Muslims, Mexicans, the media, and perceived political enemies, in general, seem to be calculated to fire up his xenophobic base, Trump’s sexist and misogynistic assaults on women seem almost reflexive and uncontrollable.
On Wednesday, at a rally in North Dakota, the president did it again. His target this time was Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), who earned Trump’s ire for having the audacity to save healthcare for millions of Americans by voting against Trump’s effort to repeal Obamacare.
Even that turned into a repugnant display of sexism when he used a sexually charged cheap shot to demean Senator Heitkamp in front of her North Dakota constituents.
After calling on the rabidly Republican crowd to vote against Sen. Heitcamp in November, he said, “She may give us a couple of quickie votes before the election.”
Trump on Heidi Heitkamp: "She may give us a couple of quickie votes before the election." pic.twitter.com/A2u7tsQxgf
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 28, 2018
As Donald Trump well knows, a ‘quickie’ is slang for a quick sexual encounter, often one that ends as soon as the man, um, finishes. It’s a term barely suited to an episode of Mad Men and has no place in our political discourse.
During the campaign, he made fun of fellow candidate Carly Fiorina’s looks. Later, after Megyn Kelly, then with Fox News, asked him about his history of employing sexist language to attack women at a debate, he infamously accused her of attacking him like she had “blood coming out of her… where ever.”
His repulsive tirades against women didn’t end when he was sworn into office. In late 2017, as president, Trump attacked Senator Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) when she joined a chorus of lawmakers calling for him to be investigated for sexual misconduct.
In retaliation, Trump tweeted, “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago and would do anything for them…”
Tomorrow, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will contort herself to defend yet another indefensible comment by this sexist pig of a president. But will anything really change, particularly amongst his supporters?
Sadly, we all know the answer to that.