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Donald Trump refuses to define “woman” then says a cis woman isn’t a woman

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Donald Trump refused to define the word “woman” in an interview, despite Republicans spending the last several weeks mocking Justice-designate Ketanji Brown Jackson for refusing to do the same.

In March, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) asked Jackson to provide a definition of woman” at her Senate confirmation hearing. Jackson said, “I can’t, not in this context, I’m not a biologist.”

Related: Marjorie Taylor Greene says women “are the weaker sex… our husband’s wife”

Rightwingers have been criticizing her ever since, even if they haven’t been providing great definitions themselves. So Piers Morgan decided to ask Trump to provide a definition.

“I’m not going to respond to that,” he said, before his answer just got weird.

“A woman is- a woman is somebody that swims at a certain time and doesn’t get beaten by 38 seconds by somebody that wasn’t even a good swimmer as a male,” Trump said, getting visibly angry.

Trump was probably referring to University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, who is transgender. Thomas won the 1,650-yard freestyle at the Zippy Invitational, with second-place finisher Anna Kalandadze finishing the race 38 seconds behind Thomas. Thomas finished the race in about 16 minutes.

But Trump didn’t say that Thomas wasn’t a woman. Instead he said that Kalandadze – who got “beaten by 38 seconds” – isn’t a woman.

Trump isn’t the first Republican to provide a bad definition of the word woman.

“I have more of a traditional view of what a woman is: my wife,” Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) told the Huffington Post earlier this month.

“Someone who can give birth to a child, a mother, is a woman,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) responded to the same question. “Someone who has a uterus is a woman. It doesn’t seem that complicated to me.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) had one of the worst definitions at a rally in Georgia.

“I’m going to tell you right now what is a woman. This is an easy answer,” she said. “We came from Adam’s rib. God created us with his hands. We are- we may be the weaker sex… we are the weaker sex. But we are our partner’s, our husband’s wife.”

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