Trump’s nicknames for rivals, from ‘Rocket Man’ to ‘Pocahontas’
President Trump is known for giving his political opponents and critics nicknames, especially on social media.
Read on for a list of Trump’s most iconic nicknames.
Trump made waves when he referred to Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., as “Dicky Durbin” online.
“Senator Dicky Durbin totally misrepresented what was said at the DACA meeting. Deals can’t get made when there is no trust! Durbin blew DACA and is hurting our military,” said Trump in a tweet.
Durbin was part of a group of lawmakers who visited Trump at the White House in January to discuss immigration reform. After reports surfaced that Trump referred to certain nations as “s—hole countries” at the bilateral meeting, Durbin accused the president of saying “things that were hate-filled, vile and racist.”
Trump has admitted to using “tough” language at the meeting but denied certain remarks attributed to him.
Sneaky Dianne Feinstein
A transcript of a Fusion GPS official’s August interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee was unilaterally released by the committee’s ranking member, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
The release of the bombshell interview drew ire from some Republicans, including the president and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
In a tweet following the release, Trump blasted the 84-year-old senator and called her “Sneaky Dianne Feinstein.”
“The fact that Sneaky Dianne Feinstein, who has on numerous occasions stated that collusion between Trump/Russia has not been found, would release testimony in such an underhanded and possibly illegal way, totally without authorization, is a disgrace,” Trump tweeted. “Must have tough Primary!”
Steve Bannon used to be in the president’s good graces, but the pair has had a very public falling out. Bannon, the former White House chief strategist and ex-Breitbart executive, was quoted in a blistering tell-all book, painting the president’s son in a negative light.
Trump heavily rebuked Bannon in a public statement, saying Bannon “lost his mind” after he was “fired” from the White House.
“Steve was rarely in a one-on-one meeting with me and only pretends to have had the influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phoney books,” Trump said.
Ahead of the release of the controversial book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” Trump slammed both the author and Bannon on social media – giving Bannon his nickname.
“Look at this guy’s past and watch what happens to him and Sloppy Steve,” Trump warned.
Trump reiterated the “Sloppy Steve” nickname in other tweets, including one which he praised the Mercer family – wealthy conservative mega-donors – for having “dropped the leaker known as Sloppy Steve Bannon.”
Rebekah Mercer recently offered a rare public rebuff of Bannon, saying her family has “provided no financial support to his political agenda, nor do we support his recent actions and statements.” Robert Mercer announced late last year that he would sell his stake in Breitbart News and distanced himself from some views associated with Bannon and the right-wing publication.
Little Rocket Man
Trump has never really had kind things to say about North Korea leader Kim Jong Un – referring to him on Twitter as a “maniac” a “whack job” and “rocket man” – which is a “President Trump original,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News.
Trump tried out the new “rocket man” moniker at the 2017 United Nations General Assembly.
He’s also tried out the moniker on Twitter.
“The Chinese Envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man. Hard to believe his people, and the military, put up with living in such horrible conditions. Russia and China condemned the launch,” he tweeted.
In addition, Trump has called the North Korean leader a “sick puppy.”
The president reused one of his favourite nicknames for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., while he honoured Navajo code talkers at the White House in November. At the event – held to honour the Native Americans who used their native language during World Wars I and II to help the U.S. – Trump mocked Warren as “Pocahontas.”
Trump has often criticized Warren, specifically over her claim to be of Native American heritage.
“She’s got about as much Indian blood as I have. Her whole life was based on a fraud,” Trump told The New York Times in May 2016.
Warren’s potential Native American heritage was first questioned during her 2012 Senate run.
Trump also calls Warren “goofy.”
Like Trump and Sen. Bob Corker, Trump and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake have been feuding for quite some time. In announcing his retirement from the Senate in October, Flake slammed both the Republican Party and Trump.
And Flake was recently caught on a hot mic saying if the GOP “becomes the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we’re toast.” That comment gave Trump the opportunity to dub the Arizona senator “Jeff Flakey.”
“Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit a race, anaemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favourite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast,’” Trump tweeted on Nov. 19.
After Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. was accused of kissing and groping Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden during a USO tour in 2006, Trump blasted the lawmaker on Twitter.
“The Al Frankenstein picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps?” Trump wrote, including an apparent misspelling of “Frankenstein.” “And to think that just last week he was lecturing anyone who would listen about sexual harassment and respect for women. Lesley Stahl tape?”
Liddle’ Bob Corker
The feud between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker has been going on for some time, but the Tennessee senator finally got a nickname.
“The Failing [New York Times] set Liddle’ Bob Corker up by recording his conversation. Was made to sound a fool, and that’s what I am dealing with!” Trump tweeted on Oct. 10.
Corker slammed Trump in an interview with the newspaper and said the president is so reckless that he might be “on the path to World War III.” A transcript of the interview revealed that Corker acknowledged the conversation was on the record.
Wacky Congresswoman Wilson
Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., are locked in a public feud involving a Gold Star family – earning the Florida congresswoman her nickname.
“The Fake News is going crazy with wacky Congresswoman Wilson (D), who was SECRETLY on a very personal call, and gave a total lie on content!” Trump tweeted Oct. 19.
Wilson accused Trump of making insensitive remarks to the pregnant widow of one of the four American soldiers killed during an attack in Niger. The White House, including chief of staff John Kelly, has ardently defended the president’s comments.
Throughout the presidential campaign, Trump would often hit his opponent, Hillary Clinton, with criticisms on social media. Trump gave her the nickname “Crooked Hillary,” usually when he mentioned her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
The first time Trump tweeted about “Crooked Hillary” was in April 2016.
Sometimes Trump switched it up and would call the former first lady “Lyin’ Hillary.”
The rhetoric among the Republican presidential contenders hit a different kind of low as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio went after Trump for having “small hands” and Trump started to call the senator “Little Marco.” The two also discussed the size of Trump’s hands – and other things – during a GOP debate in March 2016.
Trump first tweeted the “Little Marco” nickname in February 2016.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Trump didn’t start out as enemies during the 2016 campaign, but the two Republican contenders were soon at each other’s throats. Trump dubbed Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” when he went after him for his immigration policies in a campaign ad in March 2016.
Low Energy Jeb
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush also got a Trump nickname when he was a 2016 Republican presidential contender – “Low energy Jeb Bush.”
Despite the exclamation point in Bush’s campaign logo, Trump started to use the nickname to criticize his opponent during the campaign. Trump told Business Insider that there wasn’t a backstory to the nickname, he “just seemed” like a “low energy” person to Trump.
1 for 38
When Ohio Gov. John Kasich attempted to team up with Cruz during the Republican primary to deny Trump the party’s nomination, Trump took to Twitter to dole out a new nickname. And Kasich became “1 for 38.”
Trump assigned Kasich the name because he won only one state in the primary and lost the others, Trump said in a statement in August 2016. Eventually, Kasich would also be referred to as “1 for 42” by the eventual president.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, the white-haired Independent socialist who became a progressive icon during the 2016 election, earned himself the nickname “Crazy Bernie” from Trump.
Trump first tweeted about “Crazy Bernie” in May 2016 when he criticized “Crooked Hillary” for “looking very bad against” Sanders.
After Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, N.Y., criticized Trump for firing F.B.I. Director James Comey, Trump hit him right back – with an original nickname.
“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer stated recently, “I do not have confidence in him (James Comey) any longer.” Then acts so indignant,” he tweeted on May 9, 2017.
Schumer shed some tears when he discussed Trump’s immigration ban earlier in 2017.
But Schumer wasn’t crying after Trump agreed to the Democrats’ short-term debt-limit increase and Hurricane Harvey said.
Trump has thought NBC reporter Chuck Todd has looked “sleepy” long before the election or campaign. He first dubbed Todd “sleepy” in a 2001 tweet but upgraded his nickname to “Sleepy Eyes” by 2012.
Dumb as a Rock Mika
From writer Touré to National Review, Trump has called many things “dumb as a rock.” But Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earned the nickname in July after she and Joe Scarborough criticized the president.
“Crazy Joe Scarborough and dumb as a rock Mika are not bad people, but their low rated show is dominated by their NBC bosses,” he tweeted. “Too bad!”
His attack on the news anchor continued, as he called her “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” and said she was “bleeding badly from a face-lift” when she came to Mar-a-Lago around New Year’s Eve.
In a Twitter rant about his dislike of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Trump dubbed host Joe Scarborough “Psycho Joe.”
Trump’s comments about then-Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly were often criticized and deemed misogynistic by critics. During their feud, Trump took to calling Kelly “Crazy Megyn.