Near the end of the presidential debate tonight between Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic nominee, Secretary Hillary Clinton, Trump displayed his now ubiquitous sexism and called his opponent a "nasty woman."
"Nobody respects women more than me." —Donald Trump earlier tonight— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
"Such a nasty woman." —Donald Trump just now #DebateNight
The comment was made in response to Hillary Clinton joking that Trump and herself would be required to pay higher taxes in her Presidency-- if he doesn't figure out a way to "get out of it."
We have undocumented immigrants in America who are paying more federal income tax than a so-called billionaire. #DebateNight— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 20, 2016
Why Trump thought this was such a 'nasty' accusation is incredibly unclear because mere minutes before, the reality TV star admitted to never paying his federal taxes. The Republican nominee also blamed his opponent for him not paying those taxes, which takes dodging blame to a whole new level.
We all know by now that Trump is a sexist, thin-skinned man but Clinton showed a stark contrast to his bluster by getting very personal about what it means to be on the receiving end of sexist attacks.
With gentleness and candor, Clinton spoke simply about her opponent and her own experiences as a woman.
"Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger.He goes after their dignity, their self-worth, and I don't think there is a woman anywhere who doesn't know what that feels like."
Trump repeatedly referred to Clinton's husband during the debate, even when it was not relevant to her campaign and even refused to concede to Hillary should she win. How sexist can you get to refuse defeat if a woman beats you outright through a democratic process?
When Trump repeated his predictable refrain about respecting women, the crowd actually laughed, which just goes to show how tarnished his reputation has become in the past year.
During the debate, Clinton also championed a woman's right to choose and her 30 years of women and child advocacy, which she said she'd 'happily compare' with Trump's past 30 years.
For every American who respects women and wants to see equal rights flourish, there was a clear winner in tonight's debate. Clinton was poised and personable as she fought against an opponent who would turn the clock back on those rights about half a century. American voters have been presented with a clear choice between a misogynist demagogue and an experienced woman who will champion feminist values.
Banner image credit: Reuters