We Heart: Denmark Prime Minister’s Frank Rejection of Trump’s “Absurd” Offer

This week, in the midst of all the Trump administration chaos, Trump announced a new idea: his desire to purchase Greenland.

Upon hearing the news, Mette Frederiksen, the 41-year-old prime minister of Denmark rejected the possibility of selling Greenland to the United States as “an absurd discussion,” according to the Associated Press.

Greenland is an autonomous Danish dependent territory. While dependent on Danish economic support, the region handles its own domestic affairs.

“I persistently hope that this is not something that is seriously meant,” Frederiksen told reporters. “Thankfully, the time where you buy and sell other countries and populations is over. Let’s leave it there.”

In response, the president called Frederiksen “nasty” and cancelled his upcoming September visit.

This is not the first woman who has stood up to Trump and faced a public label of “nasty.” In June, the President called Nancy Pelosi a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person.”

Meghan Markle was lobbed with the same insult when she called Trump “misogynistic.” “I didn’t know that she was nasty,” Trump said. “I hope she is OK.”

And it’s hard to forget during the last debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, when he called Hillary Clinton “a nasty woman.”

In fact, it seems to be a label only assigned to strong women who put him in his place.


Roxy Szal is the digital editor at Ms. and a producer on the Ms. podcast On the Issues With Michele Goodwin. She is also a mentor editor for The OpEd Project. Before becoming a journalist, she was a Texas public school English teacher. She is based in Austin, Texas. Find her on Twitter @roxyszal.