5 Times 2016 Presidential Candidates Said Misogynistic Things

Sexism is alive and well on the campaign trail.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Politicians say the darndest things. It’s no secret that as the presidential race heats up, every candidate wants to gain favor with women voters. Unfortunately, in the pursuit, sometimes they say misogynistic and downright stereotypical things. Keep your foot in your mouth for these ridiculous things candidates have actually said.

Kasich in the Kitchen

Republican candidate John Kasich thanks you for leaving the kitchen for him. "And how did I get elected? Nobody was, I didn't have anybody for me. We just got an army of people who, um, and many women, who left their kitchens to go out and go door-to-door and to put yard signs up for me," he says about his early career in the 1970s, during a town hall in Fairfax, Virginia.

Me, Me, Me

Ben Carson is a doctor and his prognosis for feminism is grim. In his mind, feminism is to blame for police brutality such as the tragedy of Mike Brown in Ferguson. “I think a lot of it really got started in the '60s with the "me generation." I hate to say it, but a lot of it had to do with the women’s lib movement," he said. "You know, ‘I’ve been taking care of my family, I’ve been doing that, what about me?’ You know, it really should be about us.”

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

When has Donald Trump not been misogynistic? From his comments about Fox anchor Megyn Kelly to comedian Rosie O’Donnell, he seems to have major issues with the female race. In 2013, he pretty much said that sexual assault in the military is expected because uh, boys will be boys?

“26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”

All About Looks

Donald Trump loves Donald Trump and if you don’t love him, you’re ugly. New York Times columnist Gail Collins dared to critique him once as a ”financially embattled thousandaire” and he sent her a copy of the column with her picture circled and “The Face of a Dog!” was written over it. 

Ted Cruz the Debater

Republican Ted Cruz showcased sexism even back in college. In one debate, he apparently joked that cheaters could be spotted if God could “give women a hymen that grows back every time she has intercourse with a different guy, because that will be a ‘visible sign’ of the breach of trust.” Keep it classy.



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