50 Dem Women in U.S. House Sign Letter Denouncing 'Misogyny' by Trump, Ask Him to Set 'Moral Example'

In a letter sent to President Donald Trump on Friday, 50 Democratic women from the House of Representatives decried the "continuing derogation of women in [Trump's] rhetoric and policies."

Among the signers of the letter were co-chairs of the Democratic Women's Caucus Representatives Lois Frankel, Brenda L. Lawrence and Jackie Speier who tweeted about the letter Friday.

"It is most shameful that the words young girls and boys hear directed at women from the upper echelons of power are dripping with disdain and disrespect," the letter read. "Beyond your public policy choices—stripping away women's access to health care, undermining protections for survivors of sexual assault, reversing equal pay efforts and more—your words demonstrate a contempt for women who dare to do their jobs or speak truth to power which reflects poorly on you."

"It is as if you relish the opportunity to publicly humiliate any woman who fights back, speaks up, or takes up space," the letter writers added.

Trump's alleged treatment of former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch was referenced specifically.

"After imploring your associates to 'take her out,'" the letter read, "you smeared her good name and career for your personal benefit."

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50 Democratic women from the U.S. House of Representatives delivered a letter to President Donald Trump on Friday denouncing what they considered to be his "misogyny." Sarah Silbiger/Getty

Video released in January purportedly shows Trump ordering Yovanovitch's firing at a 2018 dinner party after Rudy Giuliani's then-business associate told Trump that Yovanovitch had been talking about him behind his back.

"Get rid of her!" Trump said. "Get her out tomorrow. I don't care. Get her out tomorrow. Take her out. Okay? Do it."

"Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad," Trump tweeted in November 2019. "He started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President's absolute right to appoint ambassadors."

Everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad. She started off in Somalia, how did that go? Then fast forward to Ukraine, where the new Ukrainian President spoke unfavorably about her in my second phone call with him. It is a U.S. President’s absolute right to appoint ambassadors.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's treatment of National Public Radio's All Things Considered co-host Mary Louise Kelly during a January radio interview was also mentioned.

"[Pompeo] asked if I could find Ukraine on a map," Kelly said. "I said yes. He called out for his aides to bring him a map of the world with no writing, no countries marked. I pointed to Ukraine. He put the map away. He said, 'People will hear about this.'"

"Asking a woman with a master's degree in European Studies from the University of Cambridge to identify Ukraine on a blank map would be laughable were it not so insulting," the letter to Trump read. "And your response—validating this misogyny with a 'good job' and a pat on the back says it all."

"Mr. President, instead of being the biggest bully on the playground," the letter concludes, "why don't you set a moral example for our children?"

Newsweek reached out to the White House for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

Trump has recently been accused of sexual assault by writer E. Jean Carroll. Carroll's attorneys have requested a sample of Trump's DNA for comparison with DNA discovered on the dress Carroll wore the day she claims Trump assaulted her during the 1990s.