Narratives of Donald Trump and menses continue to intertwine, forever bonded by inane comments and a campaign that continues to dig in its heels. 2016 will forever be the year that elections were won and lost, candidates were made or broken, over menstruation.
Following his Friday comments about Fox News host Megyn Kelly—comments which the candidate laughably said were taken out of context—Trump and his campaign continue to insist that he’s a lover of women, a crusader for equality, a man whose honesty cannot be contained by arbitrary definitions of gender.
Yesterday, Buzzfeed asked Trump’s Iowa campaign co-chair Tana Goertz for clarity on her boss’s remarks. “If you mess with the bull you’re going to get the horns, sweetheart,” Goertz told Buzzfeed News. After realizing that she wasn’t in an action film, she attempted to clarify Trump’s remarks.
It got worse:
“You know with Mr. Trump, he believes that he responds to men and women with equal intensity so you know Megyn was attacking him at the debate and he just fired back. It’s fair game. Isn’t that what the women’s [liberation] movement is all about? He kind of has that mentality that, you know what, there’s no glass ceiling for women. There’s no war on women. He responds to them equally. And he looks at it like if you wanna give it to him, he’ll give it right back.”
And then it got even worse:
“It was two different situations,” she said. “He was just more or less saying she was coming after me. Kind of like when a guy says ‘I can see smoke coming out your eyes.’ Same analogy. It was an analogy. Here’s the deal, I’m a woman, and I have that issue every single month of my life and it never — and I’m a smart women I have a high I.Q., I’ve been tested, I’ve been in gifted programs. So, I’m like, not a dummy. I’m an intelligent woman who, you know, has this issue every month. I’m a female, who deals with this every single month. And it never crossed my mind he was talking about her period. It never even registered.”
In short: Trump wasn’t talking about Kelly’s period, but if he had been, then it’s true, women can’t handle that time of the month. Donald Trump is a goddamned feminist icon.
Meanwhile, during his Sunday morning appearance on Face the Nation, Trump confirmed that he’s pretty much the reincarnation of Susan B. Anthony: “I’m very much into the whole thing of helping people and helping women,” he said. He added, “I will be phenomenal to the women.”
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