Those are just a few of the names Trump has lobbed at women—usually those who stand up to him or call him out publicly. And now we can add “horseface” to that list.
In a tweet Tuesday, Trump used the term to describe Stormy Daniels, the adult film star who alleges she had a sexual relationship with the president and was paid $130,000 to keep quiet about it. “‘Federal Judge throws out Stormy Danials lawsuit versus Trump. Trump is entitled to full legal fees.’ @FoxNews,” he wrote. “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!”
On Monday, a federal judge dismissed a defamation suit filed by Daniels, ruling that Trump did not defame her on Twitter last spring. She was also ordered to pay his legal fees, according to the New York Times.
The tweet at the center of the lawsuit was posted in April, just one day after Daniels released a sketch of a man she says threatened her in 2011 to keep her quiet about the Trump affair.
The court ruling said that tweet included an opinion that Trump was allowed to express.
Sadly, this latest insult to Daniels is just another example of Trump digging into his go-to bag of tricks, especially when it comes to women. He tends to reserve his most aggressive insults for women who oppose him and often goes after their appearance—from Rosie O’Donnell and Maxine Waters to Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, and Omarosa Manigault. It’s deeply upsetting to see any woman treated this way by a man, let alone the leader of the free world. But here we are in 2018.
Daniels quickly responded on her own Twitter account: “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.”
As did her attorney, Michael Avenatti, who wrote, “You are a disgusting misogynist and an embarrassment to the United States. Bring everything you have, because we are going to demonstrate to the world what a complete shyster and liar you are. How many other women did you cheat on your wife with while you had a baby at home?”
“.@realDonaldTrump – tens of millions of Americans are tired of your fraud, lies, and corruption,” Avenatti continued. “They are equally tired of your attacks on women, especially the ones who you have had sex with while cheating on your wives. We (and the UN) are laughing AT YOU, not with you. #Basta”
Of course, the larger social media outrage was also immediate. But as many pointed out, there are often no real negative repercussions for this type of behavior from Trump, outside of angering a segment of the population.
Maybe we can change that come the November midterms.