From Megyn to Mika: A Timeline of Trump's Attacks on Women's Appearances

9:22 PM 6/30/2017

by Lorena O'Neil

Trump has a history of insulting women based on their appearances and it has continued throughout his presidential campaign and presidency.

From left: Mika Brzezinski, Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly
From left: Mika Brzezinski, Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly
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President Donald Trump's insults about MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski this week, when he called her "crazy" and accused her of "bleeding badly from a facelift," are part of a long history of Trump criticizing women based on their appearances.

Trump has insulted women publicly countless times in his professional life. He has referred to women as "fat," "disgusting," "ugly," a "piece of ass" and rated women's physical appearances on a numbers scale. Trump has ranked the famous women he wants to sleep with and compared women to buildings or works of art. In addition to his words, multiple women have accused Trump of sexual assault and sexual harassment. He has denied the allegations against him.

"I think women are beautiful — I think certain women are more beautiful than others, to be perfectly honest — and it's fortunate I don't have to run for political office," Trump said in a 1993 interview.

Since he announced his run for president, Trump has not stopped his verbally offensive behavior, insulting everyone from Megyn Kelly to Brzezinski.

Here's a timeline of just a few of Trump's insults about women's appearances since he announced his presidential run.

  • Aug. 7, 2015 — Megyn Kelly

    At the first Republican debate in August 2015, Megyn Kelly asked Trump about the insults he has often hurled at women.

    "You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs' and 'disgusting animals,'" said Kelly, detailing the different remarks Trump has made about women and asking him if he thought that he had a temperament befitting the office of president of the United States.

    "Only Rosie O'Donnell," responded Trump. "For the record, it was well-beyond Rosie O'Donnell," responded Kelly, pressing on.

    Kelly's questions as a moderator upset Trump and the next day he did a CNN interview saying that there was "blood coming out of her wherever" when she asked the questions. He also called her a "lightweight" and retweeted a Twitter user who called her a "bimbo."

    "She gets out and she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions," Trump said. "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever. In my opinion, she was off base."

    After a huge backlash to his comments ensued, Trump insisted he had meant to say "nose" and was not implying that Kelly was menstruating.

  • Aug. 16, 2015 — Heidi Klum

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    The New York Times' Maureen Dowd interviewed Donald Trump for an article published on Aug. 16, 2015. 

    She asked him about getting away with insulting John McCain or rating Heidi Klum and still maintaining support, when his comments might otherwise sink a candidate.

    “Sometimes I do go a little bit far,” he said to Dowd. He couldn't help but add, “Heidi Klum. Sadly, she’s no longer a 10.”

    Klum responded to Trump's comment by posting a video on Twitter of her wearing a "10" sign which is then changed to a "9.99" by a fake Donald Trump.

  • Sept. 9, 2015 — Carly Fiorina

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    Donald Trump mocked Carly Fiorina's face when sitting with staffers during his campaign, a Rolling Stone reporter recounted in a Sept. 9 article on the then-presidential hopeful.

    "Look at that face!" the magazine reports him saying as an image of Fiorina popped up on the television. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?" He apparently added that he knows she's a woman and he shouldn't "say bad things" but "folks, come on."

  • March 23, 2016 — Heidi Cruz

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    In March of 2016 Trump retweeted an offensive meme comparing photographs of Heidi Cruz's and Melania Trump's faces. The meme crudely implied that Melania is more attractive than Heidi.

    The controversy began when a pro-Ted Cruz Super Pac launched an attack ad with an old nude photo of Melania. Trump responded by saying he would "spill the beans" about Heidi Cruz, and then retweeted the meme.

    Ted Cruz responded by asking that Trump not attack his wife.

  • July 25, 2016 — Elizabeth Warren

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    Last July, Trump was criticizing Elizabeth Warren at a North Carolina rally, calling her his nickname for the senator, "Pocahontas." Trump often mocks Warren for her claim that she has Native American ancestry.

    In an interview she once talked about her aunt praising her grandfather's "high cheekbones" that he had "like all of the [Native Americans] do."

    Trump brought up Warren's cheekbones at the rally, saying, “You find anything nice about her cheekbones? I dunno. So, look at her cheekbones."

  • Sept. 6, 2016 — Hillary Clinton

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    During the presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly said that Hillary Clinton didn't have the right "look" to be president. 

    "I just don’t think she has a presidential look, and you need a presidential look," he said in an interview with ABC News that was broadcast on Sept. 6. Lester Holt asked him about his comments during the first presidential debate later that month.

    "She doesn’t have that? The look," said Trump, repeating his claim. "She doesn’t have the stamina."

    The next month Trump said he "wasn't impressed" when Clinton walked in front of him during one of the debates. "When she walked in front of me, believe me, I wasn’t impressed," he said at a rally in North Carolina.

  • Sept. 27, 2016 — Alicia Machado

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    Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump out for the mistreatment of Alicia Machado, the 1996 Miss Universe winner from Venezuela, whom Trump allegedly called "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping."

    On Sept. 27, Trump went on Fox & Friends and spoke about Machado's weight being a "real problem" after she won the Miss Universe title.

    "She was the winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem," he said. At 3 a.m. on Sept. 30 he tweeted about Machado, referring to a supposed sex tape and calling her "disgusting."

    Clinton responded, calling Trump "unhinged."

  • Oct. 7, 2016 — 'Access Hollywood' Tape

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    In early October, a 2005 Access Hollywood tape of Donald Trump speaking with Billy Bush about women on a bus was leaked.

    Trump can be heard talking about how he "moved on" Nancy O'Dell when she was married.

    "I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married,” Trump can be heard saying. "Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look."

    He can also be heard talking about Arianne Zucker, who was waiting to bring them on to the Days of Our Lives set where Trump was filming a cameo. He sees her and says he needs to use TicTacs in case he starts kissing her.

    "You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait," said Trump. “And when you’re a star, they let you do it."

    "Grab them by the pussy,” Trump says. “You can do anything.”

    Trump dismissed the conversation as "locker room banter" as backlash ensued against him for the comments.

  • Oct. 13, 2016 — Natasha Stoynoff

    After Trump's Access Hollywood tape leaked, presidential debate moderator Anderson Cooper pressed Trump on whether he has ever kissed or groped women without their consent. Trump said no, and soon after, multiple women came forward with allegations of sexual assault and harassment by Trump. 

    One of those women was former People writer Natasha Stoynoff. Trump responded by denying the allegations and implying that Stoynoff wasn't attractive enough to sexually assault.

    "Take a look, you take a look," Trump sat at a rally in Florida. "Look at her, look at her words, you tell me what you think. I don't think so."

  • June 29, 2017 — Mika Brzezinski

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    On Thursday, Morning Joe's Mika Brzezinski made fun of Trump for having fake Time magazine covers of himself framed in multiple Trump properties.

    Although he claimed he doesn't watch Morning Joe anymore, shortly after the host's remarks, Trump started insulting Brzezinski on Twitter calling her "low IQ Crazy Mika" and referring to Joe Scarborough as "Psycho Joe."

    He said the couple and co-anchors went to Mar-a-Lago for three nights around New Year's Eve and insisted on joining him while Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift."

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