BBC News anchor Katty Kay said Donald Trump's use of the word "shrill" to describe Hillary Clinton "sounds sexist," which led to a tense, on-air clash Thursday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Kay asked the billionaire businessman and Republican presidential frontrunner why he called his Democratic opponent "shrill" while "we never hear people say it about men."
"I think the word 'shrill' doesn't apply to women, exclusively. I know men that are shrill. And it's just an expression I thought of as I was speaking. I thought it was a very accurate expression," Trump said. "She's gotten very loud. She's gotten very boisterous. And that can happen to men too."
"It's just we never hear people say it about men," Kay followed up.
"Excuse me. Excuse me," Trump interjected. "She's gotten very loud and obnoxious, and frankly, I know many men that become very loud and obnoxious also."
Trump added that he's noticed there's "something going on with her [Clinton]."
Asked whether he has or would label any of his GOP primary rivals as "shrill," Trump said he would call fellow GOP presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) "shrill."
"I don't think that's a term that applies exclusively to women at all," Trump said.
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