Social media users lambasted Donald Trump on Tuesday for making a penis jibe towards Hillary Clinton, claiming the Republican frontrunner’s comments are "astonishingly sexist."
The presidential hopeful used the vulgarity to refer to the Democratic candidate, saying she was “schlonged” in her 2008 Democratic primary loss to Barack Obama.
The definition of "schlonged" itself has caused much confusion in the Trump camp, with the media-moguls spokesperson, Katrina Pierson, seemingly unclear on its meaning.
Pierson was trying to clarify his comment and said: “I think he was meaning, like, ‘schlonged to the ground,’ ‘schlonged around."
Speaking on CNN, Pierson said: “What does schlonged mean then? Why don’t you tell me what schlonged means?”
Schlong is a Yiddish term for penis.
A backlash followed, with columnists and political followers jumping on the candidate’s wording:
Ok GOP, post-"schlonged" can we admit that maaaaaaaybe there's a sexism problem with Trump? And, um, your party? https://t.co/bSLK43BMCI— Jill Filipovic (@JillFilipovic) December 22, 2015
Disgraceful - Donald Trump ramped up the misogyny last night when attacking Hillary Clinton.
"...she got schlonged." pic.twitter.com/nZWrbOESU6— My Daughter's Army (@mydaughtersarmy) December 22, 2015
Meanwhile Clinton's camp have refused to respond to the “degrading language.”
We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should. #imwithher— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) December 22, 2015
Trump used the insult during a campaign rally on Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
It’s not the first time that the candidate has used the vulgar term on the campaign trail. In a 2011 interview with the Washington Post, Trump blamed Republican Paul Ryan for the party losing a special election.
The media mogul said: “I watched a popular Republican woman [Jane Corwin] not only lose but get schlonged by a Democrat [Kathy Hochul] nobody ever heard of for the congressional seat and that was because, simply, because of the Paul Ryan plan.”