Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) berated President Donald Trump over what he described as a "piggish" reaction to a question from reporter Cecilia Vega Monday.
"You never do."
The contentious exchange occurred Monday in a media conference in the Rose Garden where the president was touting the agreement he had made with Canada to replace and amend the NAFTA trade agreement.
"She's shocked that I picked her," laughed Trump after picking Vega to ask a question. "She's like in a state of shock."
"I'm not," Vega responded, "thank you Mr. President."
"That's OK, I know you're not thinking," responded Trump, who apparently misheard her. "You never do."
"I'm sorry?" asked Vega.
"No, go ahead," responded Trump. "Go ahead."
Many critics of the president called the insult misogynistic, and noted some of the rhetorical attacks that he had made against other female reporters.
Rep. Swalwell berated the president for the insult from his social media account.
"Let’s never think it’s normal for a man to treat a woman — or ANYONE — the piggish way [President Trump] talked to the Bay Area’s own, [Cecilia Vega] today," said Swalwell.
Let’s never think it’s normal for a man to treat a woman — or ANYONE — the piggish way @realDonaldTrump talked to t… https://t.co/iZOXBRrSc6— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@Rep. Eric Swalwell)1538433558.0
"It’s not normal," he added. "And no tax cut or deregulation will ever make it so."
Here's the video of Trump's insult to Cecilia Vega:
Vega referred obliquely to the exchange on her Twitter account later.
A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask. #FirstAmendment— Cecilia Vega (@Cecilia Vega)1538411037.0
"A news conference means you get to ask whatever question you want to ask," she tweeted.