Trump hurls insults at Harris, Ocasio-Cortez and other women

President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE on Thursday levied a series of personal attacks at prominent female politicians and an MSNBC host, insulting the tone and intelligence of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag Howard University's marching band to escort Harris at inauguration MORE (D-Calif.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFacebook has no current plan to end the Trump suspension New York court worker arrested, accused of threats related to inauguration Ocasio-Cortez: Facebook, Zuckerberg 'bear partial responsibility' for insurrection MORE (D-N.Y.) and others in the span of just a couple hours.

The president, in tweets and in an interview with Fox Business Network, singled out Harris, Ocasio-Cortez, Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake New York court worker arrested, accused of threats related to inauguration GOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook MORE (D-Calif.) and "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski. Trump chastised each of them in personal terms, continuing days of attacks on Harris after she was named presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE's running mate.

"Now you have a, sort of a mad woman I call her, because she was so angry and such hatred with Justice [Brett] Kavanaugh," Trump told Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoParler goes dark after move by Amazon Perdue says he would support objecting to Electoral College vote Abrams says concession comparisons to Trump are 'apples to bowling balls' MORE of Fox Business Network, complaining for a third consecutive day about the senator's questioning of his Supreme Court nominee in 2018. "She was the angriest of the group, and they were all angry."


Trump tweeted prior to the interview that Harris was getting a "free pass" from the media before criticizing her tone toward Biden during the Democratic presidential primary.

"There was nobody meaner or more condescending to Slow Joe, not even me, and yet she quickly evaporated down to almost zero in the polls. Bad!" Trump tweeted.

The president also swiped at two of the most prominent Democratic lawmakers in the country during his interview with Fox Business. He targeted Ocasio-Cortez after a lengthy riff about his opposition to the Green New Deal that she has championed.

"AOC was a poor student. I won’t say where she went to school, it doesn’t matter," Trump said. "This is not even a smart person, other than she’s got a good line of stuff. I mean, she goes out and she yaps. These guys, they’re all afraid of her."

Ocasio-Cortez, who graduated cum laude from Boston University in 2011, hit back at Trump on Twitter.


"Let’s make a deal, Mr. President: You release your college transcript, I’ll release mine, and we’ll see who was the better student. Loser has to fund the Post Office," she tweeted, with a nod to Trump's opposition to funding the U.S. Postal Service ahead of the elections in November, when more mail-in ballots are anticipated due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The president also described Pelosi as "stone cold crazy." The two have not spoken in months after trading barbs in public numerous times.

Trump in a tweet additionally went after Brzezinski in personal terms after championing the ratings of his preferred cable news morning show, "Fox & Friends."

"Very poor morning TV ratings for MSDNC’s Morning Joe, headed by a complete Psycho named Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough says he's considering legal action against Trump over conspiracy tweets Sacking the Capitol proves free speech is in trouble Scarborough calls for arrest of Trump, Giuliani and Trump Jr. for insurrection against US MORE and his ditzy airhead wife, Mika, and also @CNN, headed by complete unknowns. Congratulations to @foxandfriends on dominating the mornings (thank you President Trump!)," Trump tweeted.

Brzezinski responded on MSNBC, calling out Trump over his repeated clashes with women who are critical of him.


"What’s your thing with women?" Brzezinski said. "You really have a lot of problems with women, like you’re scared of them or something. I think this Kamala thing has you completely strung out."

The president's broadsides against women on Thursday follow days of attacks from him and his allies on Harris in particular, but they also reflect a broader pattern he has shown dating back to his campaign for office. 

In an "Access Hollywood" tape leaked during the 2016 campaign, Trump can be heard bragging about groping women without consent; he called then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever MORE a "nasty woman"; he has referred to former aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanJuan Williams: The GOP's problem with women of color Trump administration sought to sue Omarosa after she announced tell-all book: report Juan Williams: Too many men of color got conned by Trump MORE as a "dog"; and he has most recently attempted to appeal to suburban women by calling them "housewives."

The personal attacks on women also come less than three months before an election where female voters will play a significant role in determining the outcome. Fifty-three percent of white female voters backed Trump in 2016, according to a CNN exit poll.

But a Monmouth University poll released earlier this week showed that Biden leads Trump among women, 61 percent to 32 percent.

The president's advisers have dismissed the idea that attacks on Harris should be off limits because of her gender.

"Somebody that wants to be vice president of the United States or president of the United States regardless of their gender, whether they are male or female, they ought to be able to answer the tough questions without saying, 'Oh no you can't speak about women a certain way,'" White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway: Trump's 'influence will wane as he fades into history as a pariah' Pence's relationship with Trump fractures in final days Kellyanne Conway condemns violence, supports Trump in statement on Capitol riots MORE told reporters on Wednesday, noting the president's female advisers are often subject to personal attacks.

Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, similarly rejected the idea that Trump was being racist or sexist with his attacks on Harris, arguing that his policies on criminal justice reform and the economy "speak for themselves."

--This report was updated at 10:52 a.m.