President Donald Trump raised eyebrows earlier this week when he called the American-born Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, "nasty." Trump was responding to comments Markle made on a Comedy Central show, calling his behavior divisive.
When told of the comments by an interviewer with The Sun, Trump said:
"I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty."
The president and the White House would claim he never made the comments, despite there being audio proof. One official Trump Campaign account, the Trump War Room, said the claim was false. In the same tweet, it even attached the audio, claiming it exonerated Trump instead of proving The Sun's claim true.
Fake News CNN is at it again, falsely claiming President Trump called Meghan Markle "nasty." Here is what he actual… https://t.co/8iRBRnkl1i— Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@Trump War Room (Text TRUMP to 88022))1559394735.0
Now finishing up a state visit to the United Kingdom, Trump tried to walk his comments back in an interview with Piers Morgan. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump made things worse.
Trump, confusingly, attempted to clear up reports he called Meghan Markle "nasty" by essentially repeating the accu… https://t.co/V0y5W4egsj— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1559736035.0
"I wasn't referring to 'she's nasty.' I said she was nasty about me. And essentially I didn't know she was nasty about me."
"It just shows you how terrible the news can be," Trump said. "They have the tape, they released the tape and CNN and some of the other phonies they went out and they took the tape and they even tried to [unintelligible] it from that."
People weren't buying it.
@kylegriffin1 This makes no sense whatsoever.— mgreek🌟🌟gypsy (@mgreek🌟🌟gypsy)1559736172.0
@kylegriffin1 He can't shut up to save his life. He just can't.— Gail Dosik (@Gail Dosik)1559738088.0
@kylegriffin1 Lord Jesus...take the wheel. This dude is a hot mess.— Uncle Ruckus (@Uncle Ruckus)1559736221.0
@kylegriffin1 Its deliberate. Not him being dumb. He just doesn't care about other people enough to worry— Terror and Love (@Terror and Love)1559737994.0
Trump has frequently derided women as nasty, whether it be on a national debate stage or on Twitter:
Pocahontas is at it again! Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth. Hope she is V.P. choice.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1465560469.0
I gave a woman named Barbara Res a top N.Y. construction job, when that was unheard of, and now she is nasty. So much for a nice thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1463456795.0