The current president of the United States has a habit of trash-talking people he doesn’t like. He seems to have a particular antipathy towards women who criticize him. On the eve of a trip to the United Kingdom, Ireland, and France, Donald Trump — fresh off blurting out that he was only elected thanks to Russian interference — sat down with the British newspaper The Sun, in which he decided to call Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex, “nasty.”
The slur came when the reporter brought up the fact that Markle declined to meet with him. In the past, Markle — a native of Los Angeles — has called him a “misogynist.” In 2016, she told Larry Wilmore on The Nightly Show that she would move to Canada if he won the presidency. Instead she became British royalty.
Trump responded to this by saying, “I didn’t know that she was nasty.” He then seemed to offer an olive branch, adding, “I am sure she will go excellently [as a royal]. She will be very good.” (It’s not clear what this means, as Markle’s been a royal for over a year.)
Social media was not happy with this. Some pointed out that Trump simply proved Markle’s point.
Others reminded the world that Trump has a history of saying skeezy things about female royalty.
Others were not surprised Donald Trump doesn’t like her.
Some reminded us that he only uses “nasty” to describe women.
Even the NBC social media feed seemed to be trolling with a dry wit.
As Trump’s latest comments blew up, the White House tried to put out the fire.
Problem is: The audio that allegedly exonerates Trump includes him calling her “nasty,” as though they were hoping no one would actually listen to the evidence they presented.
Of course, Trump calling the Duchess of Sussex “nasty” before a trip to the United Kingdom wasn’t the most offensive thing he said. That would be supporting Brexit champion Boris Johnson.