President Donald Trump came in for a heap of derision on Friday after he first referred to his wife, Melania Trump, as "it" then "Jackie O," during an interview on Fox & Friends.
Speaking with the Fox News hosts, Trump claimed, "We have our own Jackie O, it’s called Melania, Melania T.”
Trump's comments on his wife come as CNN prepares to broadcast a one hour special on the first lady, who the cable network has been promoting as a "woman of mystery."
Commenters on Twitter were quick to point out, not only Trump's use of "it" for his wife but also the comparison to the iconic Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who had been held up as a standard of grace and poise after her husband, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1963.
As one commenter noted, Melania barely beat out favored-daughter Ivanka for the honor of being compared to Jackie O.
You can see some responses below:
@politico The only unexpected thing about this quote is that melania edged out ivanka— Brian Jones 🌎 (@Brian Jones 🌎)1560522139.0
@politico no just no, this is beyond absurd.— maddkat (@maddkat)1560521239.0
@politico Is President Trump fully on board with the sequence of events that made Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis "Jacki… https://t.co/ep9yeycX5z— Ayo Obe (@Ayo Obe)1560521313.0
Comparing Jackie O to Melania T is like comparing a good mother to Casey Anthony.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1560524906.0
Jackie O visiting suffering children vs. Melania visiting suffering children https://t.co/eFhuBjcCJE— Adam Best (@Adam Best)1560519774.0
@PeterAlexander Jackie didn't become Jackie O until long after her President husband was assassinated. https://t.co/vGoPS0v56O— Philippe (@Philippe)1560519665.0
@politico I can’t remember Jackie O being a birther. Also, ‘It’s called’— Wear your mask (@Wear your mask)1560521431.0
@politico You, ma’am, are no Jackie O— onthefritz (@onthefritz)1560521674.0
@PhilipRucker Give me a break there is one "Jackie O". With all due respect to Melania, not even a close second. Dream on toxic Trump.— terrie ness (@terrie ness)1560522935.0
When you check the days trends and click on Jackie O... https://t.co/8cUWA3rtYF— MenaBelle☺️ (@MenaBelle☺️)1560522994.0
@politico Yes remember when Jackie O questioned the citizenship of Martin Luther King. Oh that's right only Melania… https://t.co/Z0tbp4INDb— phil (@phil)1560524506.0
@politico Did he call his wife 'it'?— AL (@AL)1560521148.0
@politico Interesting that he called her “it” and not “she” but not surprising.— Pam Heumphreus (@Pam Heumphreus)1560521179.0