Trump’s ‘gendered’ attacks on Hillary Clinton are part of a larger, longstanding trend

Donald Trump is running a U.S. presidential campaign for the record books. Controversial comments about about Muslims and other minorities have become commonplace in Trump’s stump speeches, but his recent comments about Hillary Clinton mark a new emphasis on gender from the controversial candidate.

At a Dec. 20 campaign stop in Grand Rapids, Mich. he said Clinton had been “schlonged” in losing her 2008 presidential bid. He went on to comment that her extended bathroom break during a televised Democratic debate was “disgusting.” And on Tuesday, he accused her of playing the “woman card” in response to his criticisms. The headlines may be fresh, but Trump’s use of “gendered” language — referring to gender to make negative comments about someone — is a longstanding trend now being dragged into the spotlight.

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