During the first Republican primary debate, Fox News host Megyn Kelly (“The Kelly File”) cornered Donald Trump with a question about the way he talks about women he doesn't like:
Since then, the media has been replete with video, audio, and witness claims that Trump has said demeaning things about women.
Names like “Miss Piggy,” “Miss Housekeeping,” and “eating machine” were directed at former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.
And most recently, Trump referred to Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” from the debate stage on Wednesday night. The internet quickly lit up with sympathy tweets directed at Hillary Clinton and claims that Trump was “sexist.”
Through it all, the Trump campaign has insisted, via spokesperson Katrina Pierson, that his insults are not sexist in nature because he says equally rude things to men.
And he has said similar things about men — specifically about Texas Senator Ted Cruz. He told George Stephanopoulos that Cruz was “nasty”:
He told Wolf Blitzer that Cruz was a “nasty guy” and a “whack job”:
He even said it right to Cruz's face in one of the primary debates, calling him “worse than Jeb Bush,” a liar, and “nasty”:
Although Trump's ire has not been directed at Cruz lately — at least, not since the Texas Senator came out publicly in support of Trump's campaign — there are still a few men in his crosshairs.
Ad executive Donny Deutsch:
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission:
CNN's David Gregory:
The entire Club for Growth organization:
Senator Lindsey Graham and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in one fell swoop:
Florida Senator Marco Rubio:
And here's Ted Cruz again:
Pundit Charles Krauthammer:
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush:
The staff at The Washington Post — ironically, in defense of Ted Cruz:
And President Obama — in defense of Mitt Romney:
In fact, after a little digging, Independent Journal Review learned that Donald Trump has tweeted the word “nasty” 34 times. Only seven of those were directed at women. Eleven referred to specific situations rather than people. The remaining 16 were all directed at men.
The verdict? Whether or not Trump is a sexist probably can't be determined based on his use of the word “nasty.”