Donald Trump on Friday denied making some of the disparaging comments about women that were attributed to him at the first Republican presidential debate the night before.
“The question on the women, I didn’t say many of those things,” the reality TV star said on MSNBC's Morning Joe. “I don’t remember that on the Apprentice, and I don’t remember some of these words, to be honest with you. In fact, I’m going to have somebody call up and find out where these words came from.”
At the debate, moderator Megyn Kelly of Fox News asked the billionaire if he had the right temperament to be president, given that “you’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump said he’d only used the insults against television personality Rosie O’Donnell, with whom he’s been feuding for nearly a decade.
He doesn't need to go farther than Google to find the sources of Kelly's claims and more.
Hope Hicks, a spokeswoman for Trump, who took to Twitter in the hours after the debate to tweet and retweet criticisms of Kelly to his 3.5 million followers, didn't immediately return an e-mail.
Fox News President Roger Ailes said he was “extremely proud of all of the moderators—they asked tough, important questions and did their job as journalists,” according to Politico. Fox spokeswoman Carly Shanahan did not immediately offer any additional response to Trump's Friday comments.
Fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals
The feud between O’Donnell and Trump goes back to 2006, when O’Donnell, then a host on The View, criticized Trump for not firing a Miss USA winner over alleged underage drinking, drug use, and sexual indiscretions. Trump responded by threatening to sue her and calling her various names in interviews over the years, including “animal” and “big, fat pig.” Here he is during a speech in March 2007, calling O’Donnell a “disgusting pig” and a “slob.”
In a 2006 video filmed for Entertainment Tonight, Trump calls O’Donnell “disgusting” and “unattractive, both inside and out.”
New York Times columnist Gail Collins says she was the recipient of the “dog” insult. “During one down period, I referred to him in print as a ‘financially embattled thousandaire’ and he sent me a copy of the column with my picture circled and ‘The Face of a Dog!’ written over it,” Collins wrote in 2011.
At Thursday's debate, Kelly also said Trump once told a contestant on his show Celebrity Apprentice that “it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.”
According to VH1, the incident occurred on a 2013 episode of the show, when contestants LaToya Jackson, Bret Michaels, and Brande Roderick, a former Playboy Playmate, appeared before Trump to argue why they shouldn’t be fired. After Michaels said Roderick had dropped to her knees to explain plead her case, Trump delivered the line. “It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees,” he said in the episode.
What Kelly didn’t mention
In a column for the Washington Post, for example, writer Anna Holmes pointed to Carrie Prejean, a Miss USA contestant who wrote in her 2009 book that she felt “stripped bare” by the pageant’s ritual of parading the contestants past Trump, who assessed which women he found sexually attractive. (Trump said at the time that the claim is “not factual,” but added, “I happen to have very good taste when it comes to beauty and I do pick people.”)
More recently, the Daily Beast reported that Trump’s ex-wife Ivana had accused him of raping her during their 1990s divorce. Ivana Trump said the story lacked merit, but not before Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, falsely claimed “you can’t rape your spouse.” Cohen later apologized.
According to a New York Times story published last month, Trump once told a female lawyer she was disgusting when she asked for a break from a deposition to pump breast milk for her newborn.
He didn't take kindly to the report, or the lawyer's criticism of his candidacy.
“She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that's disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible,” Trump said. “She's a vicious, horrible person.”