White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says Donald Trump insults female reporters to 'treat them equally'
Reporter Eliana Johnson, at Politico's "Women Rule" event, asked the White House press secretary whether she thought Trump's demeaning language towards women was appropriate.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday said that President Donald Trump's "contentious conversations" with women reporters occur because he wants to treat them equally. The president is known for sometimes calling female reporters "stupid" or losers.
Reporter Eliana Johnson, at Politico's "Women Rule" event on Tuesday, asked the press secretary whether she thought Trump's demeaning language towards women was appropriate. "As a professional woman, do you think that's appropriate?" Johnson asked, referring to the times Trump has called female reporters "stupid" or a "total loser."
Sanders responded to Johnson's question by saying that the president "has had an equal number of contentious conversations with your male colleagues. Women wanted to be treated equally, and we have a president that certainly does that," Sanders said.
"He is not going to hold back, and the people of this country elected him in large part because he is a fighter," Sanders added while referring to Trump's behavior.
Trump has made numerous derisive comments about female reporters, but press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won’t say whether he crossed the line https://t.co/9D2pvGHKoF— POLITICO (@politico) December 12, 2018
The president, in June, called CBS Journalist Weijia Jiang "obnoxious" and told her to be "quiet" while she was trying to ask him a question outside the White House. On a separate occasion, Trump mocked ABC's Cecilia Vega in October and said that she "never" thinks.
The Republican while responding to CNN reporter Abby Phillip's question about special counsel Robert Mueller's in November had said: "You ask a lot of stupid questions." He also called White House correspondent and political analyst April Ryan a "loser" and "nasty" the same month.
Ryan later slammed the president's behavior and said that he often treats women and minority reporters differently when compared to white male reporters.
Trump's behavior towards female journalists has always been under scrutiny as he has been known for interrupting presidential work and complimenting women reporters on their appearance.
The Republican, during his presidential campaign, had also criticized the appearance of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski and former Fox News and NBC host Megyn Kelly.
White House correspondent for Playboy, Brian Karem, while talking to CNN about Trump's behavior towards female reporters had said that "there is a problem" with the way he treats women "whether it's reporters or females in general."