As usual, last night’s debate was a hot mess, but one particular moment of Trump’s stupidity had the Internet laughing and rolling their eyes. During a response to a question about Social Security of all things, Trump grew flustered at Hillary’s jab about his unpaid taxes and — rather than respond with some maturity — he decided to call his fellow presidential candidate a “nasty woman.”
Hillary Clinton supporters immediately took to Twitter to poke fun at the ridiculous insult. “Nasty woman” has since been reclaimed as a new, hilarious feminist rally cry. In honor of HRC and nasty women everywhere, we’ve compiled a list of 16 of our favorite Twitter responses to this presidential debate moment.
1. Of course, Janet Jackson came to mind.
2. “Nasty” is a synonym for badass.
3. That’s all we really need.
4. It’s time to get sexism out of politics!
6. Donald Trump is losing female voters left and right.
7. Our former BUST cover star tells it like it is.
8. Vote! We can’t emphasize this enough!
9. Pussy power!
10. Nasty is no longer an insult for us.
11. The empowerment never ends
12. Let’s inspire a new generation of girls.
13. Feminism wins the debate.
14. “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”
16. Reclaiming An Insult 101
After the debate ended, the Internet continued to clap-back against Trump’s words. Apparel company Google Ghost also came out with special “Nasty Woman” t-shirts and sweatshirts. Each shirt retails for $25 and half of the proceeds go to PP. Get ’em while you can. Hillary supporter Jeff Meltz took the initiative and purchased two domain names: nastywomengetshitdone.com (in honor of the famous SNL bit with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler) and makeamericanastyagain.com — both of which redirect to Hillary’s official website. Looks like Trump’s comment is already coming back to bite him.
All jokes aside, however, “nasty woman” is a comment that comes from a long history of sexism. Women are constantly told that they must behave in a certain way, be pleasing or likable and cater their behavior to male desires. This kind of comment, made purely out of spite, had no place in this debate and it’s a belittling thing to say to a woman who’s spent years fighting through the sexist muck of politics. Call her “nasty” if you want, but I’d rather elect a strong, capable candidate over a sexist, immature brat in a suit any day. Get ready because, on November 8th, nasty women all over the country will be casting their votes.
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