Donald Trump deploys his oft-used playbook against women who bother him; for now, it’s Nikki Haley

Feb 6, 2024

Mauldin, SC: Hillary Clinton. Nancy Pelosi. Kamala Harris. Liz Cheney. Carly Fiorina. And for now, nikki haley,
The former South Carolina governor is the latest in a long line women – historically some Republicans Donald TrumpThe most stubborn challengers – for whom the former president makes a special save playbook, it is centered around ThreatCombined with a now-familiar brand of obscenities, nicknames and other insults he also uses towards men.
But while he tries to undermine his male opponents, Trump continues to criticize women about their looks, their emotional balance and their intelligence. He mispronounces their names. It seemed like he was confusing two politicians who are women. And he questions their right to challenge him.
Trump's nickname for Haley, a Republican who serves as his own ambassador to the United Nations, is “birdbrain.”
“Who was that impostor after all?” Trump came under fire after the New Hampshire primary against Haley, who acknowledged her victory but refused to drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination. “When I saw her in the fancy dress that maybe wasn't so fancy, I said, 'What is she doing? We won.'”
Haley, who lost in Iowa and New Hampshire but has vowed to stay in the race through her home state's first-in-the-South GOP primary on Feb. 24, hit back, saying Trump ” threw “tantrums” because they felt threatened.
“It's not just that he's running against Nikki Haley,” said Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers. “It's because she's also trying to challenge him… He goes after women for their looks, their gender.”
In fact, Trump has claimed to dominate women, a perception challenged when one refuses to step aside from it.
“When you're famous you can do anything to women,” Trump said on the “Access Hollywood” tape, which threatened his 2016 campaign. And yet Trump defeated Clinton, when 39% of female voters voted for him. Trump's share of female voters rose to 44% in 2020, even though he lost to President Joe Biden — partly because Biden gained support among men, according to a Pew Research Center survey of people who voted in those elections. Confirmed to do.
Haley, for her part, has mostly taken Trump's sexism seriously. She told CNN on Sunday that he was respectful to her when she served as his ambassador to the United Nations, but now he is “flawed.”
A Trump campaign spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Here's a look at Trump's attitudes toward women and the latest reactions to the 2024 campaign.
Hillary Clinton
According to Trump, she was a “bad woman”, did not seem presidential, and her voice gave Trump a headache.
But the defining scene of Trump's approach to Clinton, his Democratic rival in the 2016 presidential election, came at a debate in St. Louis, Missouri, on October 9, 2016, two days after The Washington Post reported the contents of the “Access Hollywood” tape. . ,
As Clinton answered questions during the town hall-style event, the 6-foot-3-inch-tall Trump repeatedly hovered over and behind the 5-foot-5-inch-tall former senator and secretary of state. He came so close, she later wrote, “that my skin crawled.”
Trump appeared to recall the moment during a rally in North Carolina a few days after the debate. He said, “When she walked past me. Believe me, I was not impressed.”
nancy pelosi
As president, Trump called the House Speaker “Crazy Nancy” who refused to shake his hand in the State of the Union address after she was impeached by the House.
He questioned his “manhood” in a meeting with Democrats, saying worse things to him, “as if manhood could ever be associated with him.”
In 2019, when he arrived to deliver the State of the Union speech, he flashed a smile and clapped, a moment preserved in an iconic photograph. The next year, she openly mocked him on camera while he was speaking. She then tore a copy of his speech behind his back on camera and held up the pieces for everyone to see.
Haley has raised questions about Trump's mental fitness since his January 19 speech, when he appeared to repeatedly confuse her with Pelosi. She uses it to highlight her call for mental competency tests for politicians – her way of highlighting both Trump and Biden's age (77 and 81, respectively).
kamala harris
When Trump was Clinton's running mate in 2016, he barely mentioned Democratic Senator Tim Kaine. But four years later, the president had a lot to say about Kamala Harris, Biden's vice presidential pick.
Trump almost immediately called her “nasty” and said “nobody likes Harris”. This comment highlights a common standard of likability that applies to women in leadership far more often than it does to men. He also told voters in North Carolina that it would be “a disgrace to our country” if Harris became the first female president.
Liz Cheney
Wyoming's former Republican representative Liz Cheney remains a target of Trump's anger after losing her House seat in the primaries last year.
Cheney was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump following the insurrection at the US Capitol building on January 6, and she has declared it her mission to prevent Trump from returning to the presidency. Doing so, he warned late last year, would mean the US could become a dictatorship. Trump called her “crazy Liz Cheney.”
Carly Florina
Trump mocked the appearance of former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in a 2015 interview with Rolling Stone.
“Look at that face,” he said of Fiorina, who was then running for the GOP presidential nomination. “Would anyone vote for this? Can you imagine the look on the face of our next president?”
Women Who Aren't Politicians But Got Under Trump's Skin
No one irritates Trump like the women who face him in court. Last month in New York, a judge threatened to throw the former president out of the courtroom for ignoring warnings to remain silent, while author E. Jean Carroll testified that she was sexually assaulted in a Manhattan department store. After making the allegations he had damaged his reputation.
Trump's murmurings during the proceedings – “This is a witchcraft” and “This is really a fraud” – came while the jury was in the courtroom. Earlier, without the jury present, Trump was seen banging his hand on the defense table when the judge rejected the request.
The drama reached its peak on January 27 when a jury ruled that Trump must pay $83.3 million for social media attacks against Carroll. This is on top of a $5 million sexual harassment and defamation verdict handed down by another jury in a case brought by Carroll last year.
Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, an adult film actress, angered Trump during legal proceedings in 2006 over a $130,000 payment she received from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to keep him quiet about her alleged affair. . Trump denied this and started calling him “horseface”. ,
On the 2024 campaign trail
Haley has carefully framed her candidacy as a woman.
She often keeps mentioning her high heels. He remembers defeating older, more powerful men on his way to the office of Governor of South Carolina. And she talks about the need to raise “strong girls” to “strong women.”
This approach allows Haley to deflect Trump's aggression, respond with a smile, and let his supporters draw their own conclusions.
Laura Schroder, a 39-year-old mother of three, brought her children to see Haley at a recent rally in Mauldin, South Carolina. “He's very immature and clearly afraid of losing to a powerful woman,” she said of Trump.
Haley herself makes a similar argument, such as scolding Trump for refusing to debate her.
“Man, Donald,” she says, “I know you can do it.”

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