Donald Trump Under Fire For Sexist Tweet Attacking Woman Journalist

Donald Trump Under Fire For Sexist Tweet Attacking Woman Journalist

By Julius Okeke | Sub Editor on June 30, 2017
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Donald Trump, Mika Brzezinski , Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe,
Morning Joe Co-Hosts, Joe Scarborough (left), Mika Brzezinski (right) | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Just before 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, Donald Trump, the president of the United States, arguably the most powerful man in the world, decided to tweet insults about a female journalist’s supposed facelift.

After Joe Scarborough levied criticism on “Morning Joe” at President Donald Trump’s treatment of secretary of state Rex Tillerson, Trump lashed out at both Scarborough and his “Morning Joe” co-host and fiancee, Mika Brzezinski, on the president’s favorite platform: Twitter.

The tweets were roundly criticized, including by some Republican senators, and some on Twitter referred to the incident as “shocking.” And while the language used by the president is certainly appalling and, as Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) tweeted, “beneath the dignity of [the president’s] office,” Trump’s vicious focus on a woman’s looks as a way to demean her isn’t shocking at all.

“Sadly this is not surprising from a man with a long history of sexual harassment and sexual assault,” said women’s rights advocacy organization Ultraviolet in a statement released on Thursday afternoon to press. “Tuesday it was sexual harassment of a female journalist in the Oval Office. Thursday it was cyber bullying a female journalist on Twitter. What once unthinkable new low will this man go to next? We fear the answer.”

This is the man who has rated women’s looks on a numeric scale, cut down his female critics by calling them “pigs” and “dogs,” mocked Carly Fiorina’s face, called a former Miss Universe “disgusting” for gaining weight, reportedly casually harassed women on “The Apprentice” set, said Megyn Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever,” and inappropriately commented on an Irish journalist’s smile just two days ago.

This is also the man who while in office has supported a health care bill that is unquestionably cruel to women ― especially mothers and low-wage earners ― drastically expanded the global gag rule, threatening access to women’s health care around the world; rolled back protections for women workers; and proposed a budget that cut funding for teen pregnancy prevention. President Trump’s treatment of women isn’t just insulting ― it’s downright dangerous for the women who live in the country he governs, and the women around the world who are impacted by U.S. policies.

Be beautiful, but naturally beautiful. Be forever young, but age gracefully. And while you’re trying to do all of those impossible things at once, the men who have ascended to the highest offices in your nation might just take away your health care.

Going after a woman’s looks in order to demean and silence her is a tried and true tactic of powerful men, and the president’s tweets speak to this pattern.

When you’re a woman living in a sexist, ageist, racist society, your looks will never be good enough. If your body is deemed “too big,” you’re lazy and disgusting and unloveable. If your body is deemed “too small,” you’re gross and sick and unfuckable. If you look youthful, you can’t be taken seriously. If you look older, you’re invisible. And if you try to change any of these things through surgical means, because you’ve grown up in a society that tells you to in a million small ways every day, you deserve to be roundly mocked for it.

Be beautiful, but naturally beautiful. Be forever young, but age gracefully. 

And while you’re trying to do all of those impossible things at once, the men who have ascended to the highest offices in your nation might just take away your health care.

These sort of casual attacks and violations feel nearly synonymous with womanhood ― something that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards articulated on Twitter.

“In support of every sister who has been harassed on the street, on the job, or on twitter #standwithmika,” she tweeted.

Read more at HuffPost.

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