Donald Trump has often made the claim that no one respects women more than he does, but during the final presidential debate against Hillary Clinton he called her a “nasty woman.”
The comment, made in response to a barb from her regarding taxation, has sparked a tremendous outburst from various people and officials across America.
Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren voiced her opinion on Trump’s statement.
“Women have had it with guys like you,” Warren said at a Manchester, New Hampshire rally, “and nasty women have really had it with guys like you. Get this Donald, nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart and nasty women vote. And on November 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet, to cast our nasty votes, to get you out of our lives forever.”
Gastonia historic preservation commissioner Jennifer Welborne also voiced her disgust at Donald Trump’s words.
“Who hasn’t been called a nasty woman, or a ‘b*tch,’ or something derogatory when you’re in an argument with a man?” Welborne said, as quoted in a Providence Journal article. “Clinton did what most of us have done in professional situations while being attacked by men: She grinned and bore it with grace and dignity… Most women can relate to that.”
Many celebrities used their social media platforms to express their views on Donald Trump and his comment.
“Dude had his one last chance to make a substantive argument against her, and he chose ‘such a nasty woman.’ Lord have mercy,” tweeted former MTV Video Jockey Dave Holmes.
“After 90 minutes of pure nastiness, Trump mutters “Such a nasty woman.” He can dish it out but he can’t take it. Classic bully,” said American journalist and “Trump” co-author Tony Schwartz.
“I had a piece of bread in my mouth and I spit out crumbs when Trump said ‘such a nasty woman,’” stated MSNBC Senior Editor Josh Barro.
“Someone count how many times he is clenching his jaw as she speaks. Crazy,” singer Katy Perry tweeted.
In addition to the public outrage, some people decided to make humor out of the situation. Merchandise immediately popped up in internet shopping venues sporting the “nasty woman” moniker.
Items ranging from pillows, mugs, hats, t-shirts, key chains, and necklaces now have a variation of “nasty woman” stapled across them.
“This was the first real moment where it seemed to strike a chord with people,” said Jamie Dillon, co-owner of Print Liberation, an online political T-shirt shop based in Philadelphia.
The store’s ‘Such a Nasty Woman’ shirt turned out to be their best seller of the year. Ever since Trump’s words became the new fashion icon, Print Liberation has been working as fast as ever to produce enough supply for such high demand.
“We just power through it,” Dillon said. “We’ve been printing for two days straight.”
Many critics of Donald Trump wonder, however, if his phrase has alienated women away from voting for him. Since women make up approximately half of the general population in the United States, losing their vote could have detrimental effects on his presidential campaign.