Ever since the presidential candidate Donald Trump refused to attend a debate because Fox’s Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions at a previous one, he has shown he is not comfortable with anyone who knows facts asking him questions, but especially females. He recently showed poorly with male reporters Fox’s Chris Wallace and Axios’ Jonathan Swain pushed back when he was not being truthful on a couple of points, but he did not vacate the premises.
Over the weekend, the president walked out of a press conference, when CBS reporter Paula Reid corrected him on a continual mistatement that he passed the Veteran’s Choice Healthcare Act. She noted he had not as that was passed in 2014. He signed an amendment to the act, but he often does not let facts get in the way of a good story.
Per Tom Jones of The Poynter Report in an article called “Why does President Trump react so strongly when challenged by female reporters?” Jones notes CNN’s Kaitlan Collins caused him to walk out of Coronavirus briefing with her questions. And, Trump referred to CNN’s Weijia Jiang as “nasty” and PBS Newshour Yamiche Alexander he asked to “be nice.” Reid has also bwen referred to as “disgusting.”
To me, he is also fearful of Speaker Nancy Pelosi who pushes back on the president. After an incident last fall where she asked the president in a televised meeting to not mischaracterize her position, she haa not made too many more appearsnces in the oval office.
The president has a hard time with facts and the truth, per too many sources to mention. One theory is he lies so much, he does not know when the truth stops and lies begin. The other is he uses truth as a commodity. Even when he uses it, he has to exaggerate good news or his role in making good news happen. It is likely a blend of both theories, but I lean toward him just making stuff up becauae it sounds good.
But, he seems to especially not care for women correcting him. Getting back to Kelly, she asked him legitimate questions about his treatment of and relationships with women. He has been accused of sexual assault and harassment on numerous occasions and has been overtly critical of some women’s appearance. Mind you, Kelly’s questions were several months before the Access Hollywood tape where Trump described his power to grope women with impunity, which he dismissed as “locker room talk.”
Maybe, this is why he has a hard time with women questioning him. Maybe he sees them through a “locker room” lens, using his metaphor. Or maybe he wants a women to be more acquiescent. I don’t know the answer, but Jones is not the first editorialist who has opined on Trump’s fear of women who push back with questions.