Donald Trump may soon be running out of people to insult. Below is a round-up of some of Trump’s most direct insults against entire groups of people and political candidates.
Himbo Trump to ‘Bimbo’ Megyn Kelly: You’re a ‘lightweight reporter’
Trump once again targeted Fox News’ Megyn Kelly in a Jan. 27
“I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct,” the Republican frontrunner wrote. “Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!”
Trump’s announcement that he would not attend the Jan. 28 Republican debate sparked controversy and people wondered if the real estate mogul’s decision had anything to do with Megyn Kelly, who, incidentally, Trump did call a bimbo just one day later when he retweeted one of his supporters who was criticizing a recent magazine shoot Kelly participated in. The tweet includes a picture of the shoot with the caption “Criticizes Trump for objectifying women. Poses like this in GQ magazine.” The text in the tweet reads, “And this is the bimbo that’s asking presidential questions?”
According to Trump, his refusal to participate in the debate was not because of Kelly and was rather because he felt attacked by Fox as a whole, citing poor PR tactics on the part of the network.
And in an interview with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, Trump still refused to budge on his decision and seemed to say it was a revenge move, calling his choice “an eye for an eye.”
“I don’t like being taken advantage of,” he said in regards to Fox’s refusal to take Kelly off as a moderator despite Trump’s claims that Kelly is “biased” against him.
But Kelly seems to be taking a more mature stance on the situation, saying in an interview with Extra, “There is no bias whatsoever” when it comes to her and Trump. And unlike Trump, who, based on his Twitter, gives a lot of thought to Kelly and her alleged bias against him, Kelly does not care much for the so-called feud.
“I neither like nor dislike him,” she said. “I don’t really have any feelings about him. I cover these guys as subjects, you know, they’re subjects for me to study and get to know and help the audience get to know. So I really don’t spend a lot of time thinking about him.”
In fact, Kelly said it would possibly be better for the debate if Trump did show up.
“I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t show up. I think Donald Trump is a showman and he’s very good at generating interest, and perhaps this is an effort to generate interest in our debate. And if it is, that’s great; maybe we’ll have more eyeballs. And if he doesn’t show up, maybe we’ll have fewer eyeballs. But either way, it’s okay.
Trump outdid himself with vulgar banter toward Hillary Clinton, a Democratic presidential candidate, at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Dec. 21. The real estate mogul used the term “schlonged,” which is Yiddish slang for a man’s genitals, to describe Clinton’s loss in the 2008 Democratic presidential race against then Sen. Barack Obama.
“She was going to beat Obama,” Trump said. “… She was going to beat — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged. She lost.”
Also at the Michigan rally, Trump criticized Clinton for returning to the stage late after a bathroom break during the Democratic presidential debate on Dec. 19.
“I thought she gave up,” he said. “Where did she go? Where did Hillary go? They had to start the debate without her. Phase II. I know where she went. It’s disgusting. I don’t want to talk about it.”
Trump used Twitter on Dec. 22 to defend the “schlonged” comment:Clinton said in an interview on Dec. 23 that she chooses not to respond to Trump personally.
“I don’t respond to him personally, because he thrives on that kind of exchange,” she said. “I think he has to answer for what he says, and I assume that others will make the larger point about his language. It’s not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism. Again, I’m not sure anybody’s surprised that he keeps pushing the envelope.”
Right from day one of his presidential campaign, during his announcement speech on June 16, Trump went after Latinos. He said, among other things, that Mexicans are criminals and rapists (though he added that “some, I assume, are good people”).
The outcry following that statement prompted Univision Communications to cancel its broadcast of Trump’s Miss USA pageant, caused NBC Universal to sever ties with one of its most successful reality stars, forced Macy’s to terminate it’s relationship and remove his clothing line — and even led PGA Golf to distance itself from Trump.
But despite the onslaught of condemnation ranging from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calling Trump’s comments “disgusting,” “offensive” and “hateful,” to Latina music icon Shakira saying Trump’s “hateful and racist speech attempts to divide a country that for years has promoted diversity and democracy,” and many others believing he had crossed the line and doomed his candidacy, Trump went right on insulting Latinos.
Among his proposals, Trump vowed to deport all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the United States and build “a great big wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border to prevent further illegal immigration.
While being asked about that policy by Univision anchor Jorge Ramos during a press conference in Iowa, Trump shouted down Ramos and then had him forcibly removed by his security. As Ramos was waiting to get back inside the press conference, a member of Trump’s entourage told Ramos, a U.S. citizen, to “get out of my country.”
And during the Republican presidential debate on Nov. 10, Trump compared his plan for mass deportation of undocumented immigrants to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback” program, which deported more than 1 million people to Mexico in the 1950s and led to many immigrant deaths.
Latino groups, including the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Move On, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the National Council of La Raza, have all publically denounced Trump.
“There’s mounting evidence that Donald Trump’s racist demagoguery is resulting in real-world violence and physical and verbal intimidation,” said Mushed Zaheed, deputy political director of Credo Action, one of the groups that participated in “Stop the Hate” march lobbying NBC to cancel Trump’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”
For his part, Trump has said, “I do great with Latino voters. I employ so many Latinos. The Latinos love Trump, and I love them.”
Trump has blamed Blacks and Hispanics for the nation’s violent crime, tweeting on June 5:
“Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and Hispanics – a tough subject – must be discussed.”
On November 22, he retweeted a racially loaded image of a masked Black man holding a handgun in a threatening manner alongside false statistics attempting to show that Blacks kill more people of all other races. One “fact” stated that Blacks killed 81 percent of white homicide victims in 2015, when, according to the FBI, the number is closer to 15 percent.
That tweet, incidentally, came a day after a Black protester was physically assaulted and removed from a Trump rally in Alabama.
The 31-year-old Black Lives Matter activist was shoved down, kicked and tackled for disrupting Trump by shouting, “Black lives matter!”
“Get him the hell out of here, will you, please?” Trump said. “Get him out of here. Throw him out!” The crowd responded with cheers.
The following morning on Fox News, Trump seemed to justify the violence against the protester: “Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
Black pastors and religious leaders were invited for a private meeting with Trump at Trump Tower, but many refused to attend, citing his rhetoric.
Bishop Corletta Vaughn, senior pastor of The Holy Ghost Cathedral, explained on Facebook why she would not attend.
“Trump is an insult and embarrassment. But he represents the country we have become,” she posted.“ZERO experience … Flaunting a ticket of unbridled bigotry, sexism, racism and everything that is wrong with America.”
In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon last week, Lemon asked Trump directly, “Are you racist?”
“I am the least racist person that you have ever met,” Trump responded. “I am the least racist person.”
Trump has also made disparaging comments about women, including presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, whom he referred to as “Carly whatever-the-hell-her-name is” and said has a face that makes her unelectable.
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that?” Trump was quoted as saying in a September 9Rolling Stone article. “Can you imagine that, the face of our next president … I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
Fox News’ Megyn Kelly was also on the receiving end of Trump’s misogynistic comments. Following the first GOP debate in August, during which Trump felt singled out by Kelly’s “ridiculous” questions, Trump unleashed on Kelly on CNN the following night: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Incidentally, among the questions Trump took offense to from Kelly during that debate regarded comments he has made in the past about women, such as calling some women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Trump quickly shot back that he was only referring to Rosie O’Donnell.
The president and CEO of the conservative group Concerned Women for America, Penny Young Nance, told CNN that Trump’s “tantrum was even more enlightening than his original remarks she questioned.”
“Does he have a problem with women?” asked Young Nance. “Three wives would suggest that yes, maybe there’s a problem. The good news is that Kelly is a mother of toddlers and knows how to deal with petulance and tantrums. Every presidential election since 1964 has been carried by women. Women don’t like mean and we certainly won’t vote for men or women we don’t trust. Trump’s biggest woman problem is how does he convince women to trust him to keep America safe?”
When Trump insulted Arizona Sen. John McCain on July 18 saying the former prisoner of war (who was tortured at the infamous Hanoi Hilton) was not a war hero, most observers felt he had crossed the line and the statement would doom his campaign.
“He’s not a war hero,” Trump said. “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
In response, the Republican National Committee issued a statement saying: “Sen. McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”
For his part, McCain said he did not need an apology from Trump, instead telling MSNBC: “I think he may owe an apology to the families of those who have sacrificed in conflict and those who have undergone the prison experience in serving our country.”
Among his latest hateful comments, Trump on December 7 said that all Muslim individuals, including those who hold American citizenship, should be banned from entering the United States until the country reviews its re-entry, immigration and visitation policies and procedures.
He also claimed thousands of New Jersey Muslims celebrated the destruction of the World Trade Center on 9/11, called for a national database to track all Muslims and advocated for surveillance of mosques.
Trump commented there should be many systems “beyond databases” and he’d get Muslims registered by using “good management.” When asked by a reporter, “Is there a difference between requiring Muslims to register and Jews in Nazi Germany?” Trump responded, “You tell me.”
In a Time magazine column on Wednesday, former NBA star and practicing Muslim Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Trump’s spreading of fear and hate gives him more in common with ISIS than with America:
“The terrorist campaign against American ideals is winning. Fear is rampant. Gun sales are soaring. Hate crimes are increasing. Bearded hipsters are being mistaken for Muslims. And 83 percent of voters believe a large-scale terrorist attack is likely here in the near future. Some Americans are now so afraid that they are willing to trade in the sacred beliefs that define America for some vague promises of security from the very people who are spreading the terror. ‘Go ahead and burn the Constitution — just don’t hurt me at the mall.’ That’s how effective this terrorism is. I’m not talking about ISIS. I’m talking about Donald Trump.”
Even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a far-right conservative, said a ban on Muslims such as the one proposed by Trump would be “completely inconsistent with American values.”
Tayyib Rashid, who goes by ?@MuslimMarine on Twitter, responded to Trump with this tweet: “Hey @realDonaldTrump, I’m an American Muslim and I already carry a special ID badge. Where’s yours? #SemperFi #USMC.” and then displayed his Armed Forces ID badge.On People with Disabilities
On November 24, Trump added people with disabilities to his ever-growing list of those he has bashed. His target was Serge Kovaleski, a reporter who has a congenital condition that limits the movement of his joints.
At a rally in Alabama, Trump attacked a column written by Kovaleski, now at The New York Times, in which Kovaleski rebukes Trump and accuses him of lying. Speaking at the rally, Trump shared an excerpt from the article before flailing his arms seemingly in a way to mimic Kovaleski’s disability.
Other presidential hopefuls are denouncing Trump’s comments and actions. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie went on CNN’s “New Day” and blasted Trump, saying, “He shouldn’t be making fun of people’s disabilities, it’s just not worthy of someone running for president of the United States.”
During a speech at an event in Iowa on August 26 talking about what a great negotiator he is, especially when dealing with the Chinese, Trump used broken English to impersonate Asian negotiators. “When these people walk into the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh hello, how’s the weather? It’s so beautiful outside. How are the Yankees doing? They’re doing wonderful, that’s great,’” Trump said. “They say, ‘We want deal!’”
Carl Hum of Asian Americans Advancing Justice said Trump’s mockery of Asians was a slap in the face to a community with deep roots in the U.S. “We’ve seen Asian Americans portrayed as the perpetual foreigner — dismissing our strong American roots, ignoring our contributions and treating us as expendable,” he said. “I fear this won’t be the last time this election cycle that Asians are mocked and used as easy targets.”
On Everyone Else
Beyond targeting entire groups of people, Trump has not held back from insulting journalists, politicians, his fellow candidates or the president of the United States.
He has called politicians “weak and inefficient” and said President Barack Obama is “stupid.” He says he is still uncertain whether Obama was born in the United States.
Trump also mocked Marco Rubio as “weak like a baby.” He said Ben Carson “has a pathological disease,” like a child molester. “A child molester, there’s no cure for that,” he said.
And he even insulted Iowans. “How stupid are the people of Iowa?” he asked the crowd in Fort Dodge, Iowa, regarding Carson’s story of his violent past. “How stupid are the people of the country to believe this crap?”
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has been on the receiving end of many of Trump’s insults as well, believes Trump has gone too far with his rhetoric.
“He has been stoking prejudice and paranoia, he’s been really appealing to the worst instincts of human nature,” Clinton added. “I think it’s dangerous, his demagoguery is no longer amusing.”
The New York Times editorial board last week described Trump as “a singular celebrity narcissist who has somehow, all alone, brought his party and its politics to the brink of fascism,” adding that, “Serious damage is already being done to the country, to its reputation overseas, by a man who is seen as speaking for America and twisting its message of tolerance and welcome, and by the candidates who trail him and are competing for his voters.”
An earlier NYT opinion column asked plainly, “Is Trump a Fascist?”
“You know who loves me? The Tea Party. The evangelicals. You know, I’m leading with evangelicals,” Trump said in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon. “I love them. They love me.”
According to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted late last week, the majority of Trump supporters who agree with his proposals are in fact people who live in rural areas and whose education is limited to a high school degree.
The poll found that the more education a person has, the more likely they are to reject Trump’s proposals. For example, 66 percent of people with a college degree oppose Trump’s blanket ban on Muslims, and 81 percent of those with a post-graduate degree say they oppose it.