Insults, threats and more insults: What it’s like to be a reporter covering Trump

Trump’s penchant for insulting people and organizations that displease him is well known, of course. Less remarked upon, however, has been the special contempt that Trump pours out for the women who chronicle his campaign. His targets aren’t limited to Fox News host Megyn Kelly, whom Trump has publicly called “a bimbo,” “dopey” and “so average in every way” in his long-running (and largely one-sided) feud.

The list of female journalists and commentators who’ve been verbally roughed up by Trump include Associated Press reporter Jill Colvin (“one of the truly bad reporters”); New York Times reporters Amy Chozick and Maggie Haberman (“third-rate reporters”); CNN pundits S.E. Cupp and Ana Navarro (“two of the dumbest people in politics”); Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington (“liberal clown”); Forbes writer Clare O’Connor (“dummy”); MSNBC reporter Kasie Hunt (“poor and purposely inaccurate reporting”); CNN host Alisyn Camerota (“disaster”); Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin (“one of the dumber bloggers”); NPR’s Cokie Roberts (“kooky”); NBC News reporter Katy Tur (“Dishonest!”); and CNN reporter Sara Murray (“absolutely terrible”).

One female reporter said Trump’s denunciations of journalists makes his rallies feel “scary,” with an undercurrent of menace among his supporters. Another said the hostile tweets she gets from Trump supporters tend to mirror the language Trump uses in smearing women.