ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani earlier today and an interesting thing happened. The two began talking about Donald Trump’s economic failings and Rudy began trying to spin the whole matter as if he were a genius, the same way all of Trump’s cronies are today.
Giuliani’s been in the news quite a bit since he joined forces with Trump. He’s lost a lot of his speaking jobs over a comment he made about Mexicans in the kitchen. Later, he managed to convince the usually even-tempered Chuck Todd to point out the irony of complaining about Bill Clinton’s infidelity when he’s been in an affair or two himself.
But on ABC, Giuliani, rather than using their names, refers to the two of them almost entirely by their gender. Trump is “a man who” or simply “this man” and Clinton is “this woman.” One of two things is happening; either what we’re seeing here is Giuliani’s privileged, bigoted id boiling up into his speech. Sort of like a Freudian slip; exactly like one actually. Or perhaps this is some planned stunt to emphasize the language of gender and hopefully make Clinton seem weaker sheerly by her lack of male parts.
Perhaps that sounds a bit crazy. The last one especially. In fact, the idea that Trump would have the intelligence to come up with such a plan may be beyond my imaginative abilities. So I suppose what we’re seeing is simply an archaic focus on gender. In Giuliani’s own mind it’s probably always shocking that a woman is running for president. But he lets his disdain slip with this one comment:
Don’t you think a man who has this sort of economic genius is better for the United States than a woman and the only thing she’s ever produced is a lot of work for the FBI.
I debated whether or not to punctuate just after the word “woman,” but I don’t want anyone to feel like this is a manufactured controversy. He literally pauses just afterwards and then has to scramble to find some pejorative statement to add onto the end.
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