President Donald Trump’s adversarial relationship with women was on full display during a campaign rally in Great Falls, Montana, on Thursday, as he delivered a rambling speech centered on denigrating female opponents and mocking the #MeToo movement.
During his remarks, Trump mocked U.S. Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat from California, as a “low IQ” individual. Waters is a fierce Trump critic who has refused to let the reality that he has been accused by at least 16 different women of sexual assault be forgotten.
“I mean, honestly, she’s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe,” declared Trump, who has in the past responded to doubts about his own intelligence by referring to himself as “like, really smart” and a “stable genius.” The president also revived his use of the pejorative slur “Pocahontas” in reference to Elizabeth Warren, whom Trump evidently anticipates could prove to be his opponent in the 2020 presidential election. While insulting Warren, Trump added that he might try tossing her a DNA kit during a potential presidential debate.
“We have to do it gently because we’re in the #MeToo generation, so we have to be very gentle,” said Trump, making a throwing motion.
Trump’s remarks came on the same day that the White House officially announced the hiring of former Fox News Ceo Bill Shine, who resigned in disgrace from the network amid claims that he aided Roger Ailes and others in their alleged abuse of female employees. On Thursday night, Warren responded to Trump’s insults by noting in a post on Twitter that “while you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order.”
“Maybe,” she added, “you should focus on the lives you’re destroying.”
Below, watch video of Trump’s remarks.
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