Long before Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president, Meghan Markle made some critical comments about the then-candidate, describing him as “misogynistic” and “divisive.”
During a 2016 appearance on Larry Wilmore’s now-defunct Comedy Central series “The Nightly Show”, the “Suits” star came out in support of Hillary Clinton for president, and explained her opposition to Trump.
“Trump is divisive, think about female voters alone, right?” she told Wilmore. “I think it was in 2012 the Republican Party lost the female vote by 12 points. That is a huge number and with as misogynistic as Trump is, and so vocal about it, that is a huge chunk of it.”
She added: “You’re not just voting for a woman if it’s Hillary. Yes you’re voting because she’s a woman, but certainly because Trump has made it easy to see that you don’t really want that kind of world that he’s painting.”
The Duchess of Sussex’s negative remarks were apparently news to Trump. When informed of what she had said in 2016, Trump characteristically fired back.
“I didn’t know that. What can I say? I didn’t know that she was nasty,” he exclaimed during an interview with The Sun. “I hope she is okay.”
Perhaps sensing the problems his remark could cause when he’s scheduled to meet members of the royal family — including Markle’s husband, Prince Harry — next week, Trump appeared to quickly backtrack.
“It is nice, and I am sure she will do excellently,” he said when asked what he thinks about an American princess in Britain’s royal family. “She will be very good. I hope she does.”
Trump, however, denies that he used the word “nasty” to describe Markle, and took to Twitter to claim his quote was “made up by the Fake News Media.”
A pro-Trump Twitter account shared audio from Trump’s interview in an attempt to prove that Trump had never used that word. However, the audio clearly demonstrates Trump using that exact word in the precise context in which it was reported.
Buckingham Palace had no comment on Trump’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex.
That was definitely not the case on social media, however, where numerous Twitter users had plenty to say about Trump’s diss of the Duchess.