Welcome to 2018, where the President of the United States gets into Twitter feuds with porn stars on a regular basis. In today’s edition of the soap opera going on in and around the White House, Donald Trump (AKA the President of the United States) is attacking Stormy Daniels (AKA Stephanie Clifford, adult film star, author and alleged former-lover of DJT) on Twitter again, and this time it’s reeeal bad.
After Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against the president was thrown out by the judge overseeing it, Trump took to Twitter to rub it in her face. In the process, he not only gloated about the ruling, but insulted her appearance by referring to her as “horseface.”
“Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.” @FoxNews Great, now I can go after Horseface and her 3rd rate lawyer in the Great State of Texas. She will confirm the letter she signed! She knows nothing about me, a total con!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2018
Now, Donald Trump insults people pretty much daily (sometimes several times a day) and we’ve grown a little numb to it at this point. The insult has to be truly despicable for it to break through the constant din of news-related outrage and make a difference. This is one of those times.
What makes this insult worse than calling Hillary “crooked” for the millionth time or Jeff Sessions “dumb” is that it once again reveals the lack of respect Donald Trump has for women. The comments that really stick are the ones where Trump is not just going after someone he’s deemed an enemy, but when he uses that person’s race, gender or another personal quality as an insult. It’s why referring to African countries as “s**t holes” and Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” makes the news — it’s more revealing about the person doing the insulting than the person being insulted.
After the tweet, there was almost immediate backlash to the president’s latest sexist smear. Even cable news shows showed supercuts of all the worst times Donald Trump has disparaged women. For a more in-depth list, The Telegraph has a sexism tracker that dates back to the 1980s.
I know we all like making fun of Trump’s absurdities, but his attacks on women – like “horse face” – are crucial, unbecoming of any man (especially a president), and send a clear message to boys: It’s ok to hate women and to attack them if they do something you don’t like.
— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) October 16, 2018
#horseface was Trumps ‘Renate Alumni’ moment. I don’t know what’s more dispiriting, that we have misogynistic men who blatantly denigrate women they’ve slept with, or that these men have since been empowered to fortify the patriarchy, thus signaling to all women they’re worthless
— Cyrus McQueen (@CyrusMMcQueen) October 17, 2018
The horseface tweet is textbook misogyny but don’t get it twisted more men than just trump exhibit this same toxic behavior daily.
Talking down to women, commenting on our appearances when it’s not appropriate or relevant, and harassing us on the street.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) October 17, 2018
When Trump was having his affair with her, I’m sure he thought Stormy was beautiful.
Now that she’s a threat to him, she’s ugly and has a “horseface.”
That’s toxic masculinity at its finest. As soon as a woman isn’t subordinate, she’s trash.
— emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) October 16, 2018
With ‘horseface’ insult, Trump taunts Stormy Daniels over tossed lawsuit
“This President really takes it personally when a woman crosses him. And when he fights back, he fights dirty.” @DonLemon reviews Trump’s long history of making disparaging remarks about women’s looks. pic.twitter.com/2V9eBy5xrB
— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) October 17, 2018
Stormy herself responded to the tweet by calling out the president’s misogyny and then took it a logical step further by suggesting that if she’s a horse and they had an affair, that doesn’t bode well for him.
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present your president. In addition to his…umm…shortcomings, he has demonstrated his incompetence, hatred of women and lack of self control on Twitter AGAIN! And perhaps a penchant for bestiality. Game on, Tiny. https://t.co/6DpDD5ELtj
— Stormy Daniels (@StormyDaniels) October 16, 2018
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the latest in the case of Porn Star versus POTUS.