Chuck Todd to Megyn Kelly: Trump 'seems to get more enraged' by female criticism

NBC's "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd said Wednesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE "seems to get more enraged when a woman criticizes him than when a man" does in an interview with Megyn Kelly on her NBC morning program.

The commentary comes after Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandProgressives soaring after big primary night Bill from Warren, Gillibrand and Waters would make Fed fight economic racial inequalities Biden should pick the best person for the job — not the best woman MORE (D-N.Y.) called on the president to resign after being accused by several women of sexual misconduct in the past.

Trump responded by tweeting that Gillibrand used to come to his office "begging" for donations and was a person who "would do anything for them."

Kelly, who after a dismal start with “Megan Kelly Today” has enjoyed a ratings bump while making sexual harassment a prominent theme, tacked the issue on Wednesday by quoting a fiery USA Today editorial that included the opinion that the president "pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match, gleefully knowing how it will burst."


"So USA Today is out today with an editorial," Kelly remarked to Todd. "There is a quote from it, 'A president who'd all but call a senator a whore is unfit to clean toilets in Obama's presidential library or to shine George W. Bush's shoes.’ ”

Todd responded that while three Democratic men in the Senate called for Trump's resignation, he only responded to Gillibrand.

"You know, what’s interesting is about how he reacted to her. So she’s actually the fourth Democratic senator, I believe, to call for his resignation over — over the accusations of sexual harassment. The first three were men: Bernie SandersBernie SandersProgressives soaring after big primary night 'Absolutely incredible': Ocasio-Cortez congratulates Cori Bush on upset victory over Lacy Clay Sanders supporters launch six-figure ad campaign explaining why they're voting for Biden MORE [I-Vt.], Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyHillicon Valley: NSA warns of new security threats | Teen accused of Twitter hack pleads not guilty | Experts warn of mail-in voting misinformation Merkley, Sanders introduce bill limiting corporate facial recognition Portland protesters clash with law enforcement for first time since federal presence diminished MORE [D-Ore.] and I think Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerEx-USAID employee apologizes, denies sending explosive tweets Exclusive: Democrats seek to increase racial diversity of pandemic relief oversight board USAID appointee alleges 'rampant anti-Christian sentiment' at agency MORE [D-N.J.],” Todd noted.

"[But] the first time he seems to notice this is when Kirsten Gillibrand does it. Coincidence? I’m not sure," he continued.

"But that is something that only adds fuel to this rage that’s building among many women who look at this and think, he seems to be tougher on women, he seems to get more enraged when a woman criticizes him than when a man criticizes him."

Kelly became a magnet for controversy in the 2016 presidential campaign after she had a confrontation with then-candidate Trump during the first GOP primary debate in August 2015.

Kelly asked Trump about his past comments on women, quoting him as calling some "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals." Trump responded by criticizing her on stage and later saying in an interview on CNN that Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever” during the debate.

Trump, in January, skipped a Fox News debate amid his continued feud with the network and Kelly. But he sat down later in the campaign with Kelly for a one-on-one interview.

In July, Kelly took part in an internal investigation into claims of sexual harassment by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson against former Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.

Kelly would later reveal in her memoir, "Settle for More," that Ailes had made unwanted advances against her on several occasions.

She has featured several women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct that allegedly occurred years ago.

The president denies all the accusations.