When President Donald Trump took to Twitter to complain about two women with connections to the Russia investigation, he affixed special descriptions to both.
“Beautiful,” he said of Nellie Ohr, the wife of a Justice Department official who worked for Fusion GPS, the research firm that commissioned a dossier that made salacious claims about Trump.
“The big story that the Fake News Media refuses to report is lowlife Christopher Steele’s many meetings with Deputy A.G. Bruce Ohr and his beautiful wife, Nelly. It was Fusion GPS that hired Steele to write the phony & discredited Dossier, paid for by Crooked Hillary & the DNC,” Trump wrote Saturday.
In a separate tweet, Trump used the word “lovely” to describe Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer who worked on both the Clinton email and Russia investigations and whose text exchanges with another bureau official, Peter Strzok, included repeated criticism of Trump during his candidacy.
“Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired? So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!” Trump wrote.
The descriptors Trump used for the two women reflected his intense interest in physical appearances and his clear disdain for both. Page has been featured repeatedly in Trump’s tweets, which he has used to highlight her extramarital affair with Strzok.
Ohr is a new addition to Trump’s insult repertoire. The president — who misspelled Ohr’s name — briefly mentioned her on Twitter, but he considers her to be part of the larger narrative that he and his allies have pushed of a Russia inquiry that was broken from the start.
White House officials did not respond to an email seeking comment on why Trump called Page “lovely” or why he described Ohr as the “beautiful wife” of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official who had worked with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled the dossier.
But his commentary on their looks was in keeping with a long-running tendency by Trump. He has attacked women who criticize him as having faces “like a dog.” He has denied accusations of unwanted sexual advances toward women by telling people to “look at her.”
He has also denigrated the physical appearance of female political rivals. “Look at that face!” he said of Carly Fiorina, one of his Republican primary opponents, to a Rolling Stone reporter aboard his private plane in 2015.
During the campaign, Trump retweeted a post from someone who had made a side-by-side comparison of Melania Trump, who is a former model, and Heidi Cruz, the wife of his main opponent at the time, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
“A picture is worth a thousand words,” said the tweet that Trump elevated.
He never apologized for the retweet, but later told Maureen Dowd, an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times, that it was a mistake to have sent it.