Things Trump Has Called 'Very Special': Himself, Derek Jeter And Now Women

U.S. President Donald Trump talks with reporters as First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, wait for him while departing the White House for Palm Beach, in Washington, D.C., on November 21. The phrase “very special” apparently has a very special meaning to the president. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump earned a special round of mockery after responding Tuesday to the #MeToo campaign by calling women "very special" and saying they're living in a "very special time."

But that phrase apparently has a very special meaning to the president.

Long before lumping that comment on an entire sex, Trump has been appointing athletes, celebrities and, of course, himself to the "very special" category.

On Twitter, he started dishing out that compliment five years ago—a virtual lifetime before the businessman and alleged sexual abuser became our commander-in-chief. Derek Jeter and Joan Rivers made the list, as did a couple of Trump's own TV appearances.

Since entering office, Trump has been using "the phrase" more sparingly, reserving it only for things such as, say, the White House.

But he fell back on it when pressed to finally comment on the #MeToo campaign against sexual misconduct, which has taken down the careers of many powerful men in Washington and Hollywood.

"Women are very special," Trump told reporters outside the White House before boarding Marine One. "I think it's a very special time because a lot of things are coming out, and I think that's good for our society, and I think it's very, very good for women. And I'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out, and I'm very happy it's being exposed."

But Trump's sideways compliment of the #MeToo movement came as he defended Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, a Republican, against accusations of sexual misconduct or assault from nine women. He also avoided saying anything about his own sexual accusations, which have come from about a dozen women.

In this "very special time," let's take a look back at who else Trump has deemed worthy of the remark.

@Redskins QB @RGIII is a very special player. He is exciting to watch and smart on the field. Amazing talent.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 4, 2012

.@RGIII & @DangeRussWilson & Luck are very special players--will be great playoff games.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2013

I hope Derek Jeter’s recovery is going well. He is a very special player and a great guy. New York loves him. @yankees

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 25, 2012

"@TONYWELCH007: @realDonaldTrump Trump National@Doral will be a very special PGA event 2014"

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 18, 2014

The upcoming record 13th season of @CelebApprentice is going to be very special. Our production team's ingenuity is amazing.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2012

"@LindaNTyler: Seeing @Joan_Rivers is so tough, but also so very special! Glad she was on this season. #Blessings to @MelRivers

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2015

Donald Trump appeared on the final episode of The Jay Leno Show to deliver a very special message:

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2010

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