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By Andrea Peyser
August 10, 2015

Trump's haters need to man up and deal

It’s an unwritten commandment of politics: Thou shalt make no mention — ever — of a woman’s menstrual cycle.

Bringing up women’s biological differences from males seems as mean-spirited as talking about the state ofDonald Trump’s hairdo. There, I put it out there. Again.

But you won’t hear me called a sexist pig waging a War on Men. Because making fun of The Donald on a superficial level is not just de rigueur in this Republican primary season. For a columnist, it represents a virtually required sexist double-standard.

Where is the outrage?

The billionaire real estate developer was swiftboated Thursday night. He was effectively tried and convicted of displaying grotesque sexism by Megyn Kelly, co-moderator of the first prime-time debate for the 2016 GOP presidential candidates.

“You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,” Kelly charged. Trump tried to laugh off the onslaught by interjecting, “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” but Kelly was relentless.

Minutes later, she asked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker if his opposition to abortion, even for pregnancies resulting from rape, incest or in instances in which mothers’ lives are at risk, is too extreme a position for most Americans. But she seemed to accept his suspect argument that about all women’s lives can be saved without abortions.

For at least one woman, nasty utterances pose more of a threat to her and her sisters than the possibility of losing their medical privacy.

Trump was disinvited from speaking at Saturday’ s conservative RedState Gathering in Atlanta. It was punishment for this zinger he leveled at Kelly on Friday on CNN: “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.” He also retweeted a comment that Kelly is a “bimbo.”

“I just don’t want someone onstage who gets a hostile question from a lady and his first inclination is to imply it was hormonal,’’ Erick Erickson, RedState’s editor-in-chief, wrote, condescending to the “lady.’’ (Trump’s campaign spokesman insisted he meant blood was coming out of Kelly’s nose. On Sunday, Trump said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” that he meant her ears or nose. “Only a deviant would have thought otherwise,” he said.)

Ears, nose or wherever — are women so in need of male protection that we can’t take a remark that may (or may not) rip into our delicate sensibilities?


When judging Trump, I would suggest we all man up. Look at his record of hiring, and firing, females. I’ve not heard of him called out for underpaying, overworking, failing to promote or laying hands on women in his employ.

In her quest to play “gotcha” with Trump, Kelly hit him with having told Brande Roderick, a former Playboy Playmate and contestant on his show “Celebrity Apprentice,” that it would be “a pretty picture to see her on her knees.”

“Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?” Kelly asked.

Broderick — who, like Trump, said she didn’t remember the remark — sounded like an adult on MSNBC. “I don’t condone men being derogatory, but I think he’s just on television. He’s trying to be funny. He didn’t mean anything horrible by it.”

Love him or loathe him, Donald Trump is shaking up the political landscape with his brand of straight talk, unfiltered by political correctness or a politician’s need to take an opinion poll before taking a position. It’s contagious.

At Thursday’s debate, Ted Cruz called President Obama’s deal with Iran a “disaster” — Trump’s word when bashing policies of “stupid” politicians. Mike Huckabee also uttered the word, referring to plans to fund sex-change operations for service members.

Don’t worry about women. We can take anything Trump dishes out.

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