Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press – October 23, 2016
The candidate who so badly needed to close the gender gap instead saw his “nasty woman” remark — accompanied by a wagging index finger — become a feminist battle cry, a galvanizing moment for Clinton and an exclamation point to a campaign dominated by gender.
Donald Trump made waves when he called Hillary Clinton “a nasty woman” during Wednesday’s debate, but Texas Republican Rep. Brian Babin is OK with that jab. “I think sometimes a lady needs to be told when she’s being nasty,” Babin, a Trump supporter, told The Alan Colmes Show Thursday in an interview first reported by CNN.
In the presidential debate Wednesday night, Donald J. Trump expounded on pregnancy and abortion, asserting that under current abortion law, “You can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb in the ninth month, on the final day.” Doctors say the scenario Mr. Trump described does not occur.
Calling Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” may have been the best thing Donald Trump has ever done for her campaign. Trump has spent most of the election reminding us just how difficult it can be for a woman to run for president in a world still steeped in patriarchy.
Amy Chozick & Michael Barbaro, New York Times – October
She mansplained him. “Let me translate that if I can,” Hillary Clinton said dryly after Donald J. Trump talked up his tax plan. She interrupted him. When Mr. Trump boasted of the gilded Las Vegas hotel that bears his name, Mrs. Clinton leaned into her microphone. “Made with Chinese steel,” she quipped with a smile.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post – October 20, 2016
It was a two-track debate. At times, it was the setting for a detailed argument over serious issues in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offered voters a relatively straightforward clash of progressive and conservative perspectives. But this is 2016, and eventually the third and final debate on Wednesday reached the fundamental issue of the campaign: whether Trump is fit to be president.
There was one candidate who came to Wednesday night’s presidential debate spoiling for a fight, and it wasn’t Donald Trump. A more subdued Trump worked his way through the early part of the debate in Las Vegas by talking policy and avoiding the kinds of over-the-top attacks that have been a dominant feature of his campaign in recent weeks. But, all along, Hillary Clinton was poking him.
Julie Bykowicz, Associated Press – October 20, 2016
Donald Trump asserted in the final presidential debate that no one respects women more than he does. Yet in its closing moments, standing onstage with the first major-party female presidential nominee in U.S. history, he called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman.”
Vanessa Friedman, New York Times – October 20, 2016
Melania, Ivanka and Vanessa Trump — the candidate’s wife, daughter and daughter-in-law — all wore black to the final debate, a departure from the colors they chose for earlier appearances, which tended to the light and bright.
Claire Cain Miller, New York Times – The Upshot – October 20, 2016
“Such a nasty woman.” Nearing the end of a campaign of disparagement, Donald J. Trumpcoined a classic in the annals of insults against powerful women. Mr. Trump’s remark — which he directed at Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate Wednesday as she talked about a particularly nasty topic, Social Security — had all the makings of a feminist meme. It came across as impulsive and petulant, with sexist undertones, even if it lacked the sophistication of certain predecessors.