President Donald Trump on Thursday deployed sexist language to assail several female political rivals — ramping up his attacks just hours after newly minted vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris delivered a scathing rebuke and as Speaker Nancy Pelosi is proving unrelenting in stimulus negotiations.
The attacks also come as the president’s reelection effort has made explicit attempts to court the suburban female voters who are turning away from Trump in large numbers.
The president’s opening salvo Thursday morning targeted “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, whom he described in a tweet as the “ditzy airhead wife” of the MSNBC talk show’s other presenter, Joe Scarborough.
In an interview with the Fox Business network’s Maria Bartiromo less than an hour later, Trump went on to sling insults at Harris, the running mate to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
As he did earlier this week, Trump invoked the California senator’s prosecutorial questioning of his second Supreme Court appointment, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, during contentious Senate confirmation hearings in 2018.
“Now you have a — sort of a mad woman, I call her, because she was so angry and such hatred with Justice Kavanaugh,” Trump said. “I mean, I’ve never seen anything like it. She was the angriest of the group. But they were all angry.”
The incendiary comments came after Harris delivered a personal blow to Trump during her debut appearance with Biden on Wednesday.
“He inherited the longest economic expansion in history from Barack Obama and Joe Biden. And then, like everything else he inherited, he ran it straight into the ground,” she said at a campaign event in Wilmington, Del.
The president on Thursday next spoke dismissively of New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, pillorying the progressive congresswoman’s policy proposals and seeming to claim she was a “poor student” in college.
“I mean, I won’t say where she went to school. It doesn’t matter,” he said. “This is not even a smart person, other than she’s got a good line of stuff. I mean, she goes out and she — she yaps.”
Finally, Trump homed in on perhaps his most frequent governing foil, Pelosi. He predicted Republicans would win back the House from Democrats in the November election, and called the highest-ranking woman in American political history “stone-cold crazy.”
The president’s messaging Thursday is apparently at odds with his recent appeals to female voters less than three months from Election Day — which themselves have been criticized as outdated, potentially sexist and rife with racial undercurrents.
Last month, Trump implored the “Suburban Housewives of America” in a tweet to read an op-ed in The New York Post panning “Joe Biden’s disastrous plans for America’s suburbs.”
The president also boasted last month about pushing low-income housing out of suburban enclaves, tweeting: “I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.”
And on Wednesday, Trump tweeted that the “‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me” in November, insisting that they “are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!”
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, the Black lawmaker whose name Trump misspelled in his message, responded online: “Donaled, your racism is showing.”