KEY POINTS

  • President Trump on Thursday twice referred to Sen. Kamala Harris as a "monster" following her debate performance against Vice President Pence in the vice presidential debate
  • Trump has a history of saying controversial insults at women that oppose him politically. He called 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” on the debate stage
  • Recent polls indicate that female voters mainly favor Biden in the Nov. 3 election

President Trump on Thursday twice referred to Sen. Kamala Harris of California as a "monster" following her debate performance against Vice-President Mike Pence.

“This monster that was onstage with Mike Pence, who destroyed her last night, by the way. This monster, she says, ‘no no, there won’t be fracking,’ there won’t be this. Everything she said is a lie,” Trump said in an interview with Fox Business.

In his tirade, Trump also called Harris "horrible,” and “totally unlikeable,” as well as a “communist."

Trump has a history of disparaging women. He called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” on the 2016 debate stage. 

In 2019, Trump also used "nasty" to describe the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. He later denied the comments despite that the interview was recorded. Trump also had a long-running feud with actor Rosie O'Donnell, who he called "crude, rude, obnoxious and dumb" in a tweet from 2014. 

Trump feuded with broadcaster Megyn Kelly in 2016, when he said, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever" after they faced a contentious exchange during a Republican Primary debate.

The 2016 campaign also included an audio recording of Trump boasting about grabbing women by the genitals in a conversation from 2005 with "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush.

Trump's comments on Thursday were not the first insults directed at Harris. He had previously called Harris "very nasty" and argued that she behaved in a disrespectful manner toward Joe Biden in the Democratic primaries. The recent comments come as Trump has struggled with female voters. Recent polls indicate that female voters heavily favor Biden in the Nov. 3 election. 

Meanwhile, Fox News said that Trump campaign adviser Harlan Hill would no longer be appearing as a guest on the network after he called Harris an "insufferable lying bitch" in a tweet during the debate.

“We have no intention of booking him as a guest on any of our platforms,” Fox News said in a statement.