Twice in his career as a politician - once on the campaign trail and once while in the White House - has Donald Trump conflated the image of a woman in power (specifically in the media) with the image of blood. First, his outburst after former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him about his derogatory comments towards women during a Republican debate reasoned that due to her questioning of him and his actions, she must have had her period. Second, he attacked Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC's Morning Joe, after she and Joe Scarborough had covered the Russia probe on their show, describing her as "bleeding badly from a face-lift." Clearly, Trump takes issue with female menstruation, relating it to violence of which he perceives himself to be the target. He believes that women are not allowed to be questioning him; their doing so is a personal affront and that since they had the audacity to do so, they must be experiencing menstrual rage. This frame of mind reduces women to the organs that regulate their menstrual cycles – they are at the whims of their uteruses and have no other rationale for reporting on Trump's wrongdoings.
Other events throughout Trump's young presidency - and before - have betrayed his profound fear of women and his belief that they are of no use other than having vaginas. The infamous "grab 'em by the pussy" comment demonstrates a lewdness and a flippant attitude regarding consent. It was not just "locker room talk," as some conservative men - and women - have ventured to say; it was an outright confession to committing sexual assault. This comment revealed not only sexist beliefs but also a lack of consideration and regard for the existence of women apart from their reproductive organs.
This argument could be countered with the mention of Ivanka Trump's high-ranking position in the White House. Nepotism aside, one could argue that by giving Ivanka this position, Trump is displaying his trust in women. However, there is a record of him saying disturbing things about his eldest daughter, such as "Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?" and "If she weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her." In addition, in an interview with Howard Stern, he gave the other man permission to call his daughter a "piece of ass." These comments demonstrate his view of Ivanka as not much more than what he considers all women - beings created for the pleasure of men.
Donald Trump's sexist beliefs are dangerous to the wellbeing of American women, a fact that is evident in the Trumpcare bill that just got pulled from the Senate. In the original draft, he wanted to cut all funding for Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions and family planning services. Essentially, Trump wants women (if they are not related to him and implicit in his plan to corruptly seize power and become wealthier from a post where he is supposed to govern and protect) to service men by providing children and pleasure. He does not want women in the media or the workplace, and when they are holding powerful positions in either of those locales and using their power to expose his crimes, he conflates the natural event of menstruation with the violence he feels is coming at him. Thus, he is giving license to a dangerous belief that women must be isolated when menstruating – a practice in many developing countries that prevents young girls from attending school for a stint each month. Donald Trump fears women, often because they are smarter than him, and thus, able to expose his lies and remove him from his corrupt throne through the truth they endlessly pursue in the media.