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Trump's nicknames for rivals, from 'Rocket Man' to 'Pocahontas'

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Trump's nicknames for rivals, from 'Rocket Man' to 'Pocahontas'

Trump’s nicknames for rivals, from ‘Rocket Man’ to ‘Pocahontas’


President Donald 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.

Sloppy Steve

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon participates in a Hudson Institute conference on "Countering Violent Extremism: Qatar, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood" in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RC11D5F802B0

President Trump and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon have had a fairly public falling out. Trump called the Breitbart executive “Sloppy Steve” online.

 (Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

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 current 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 influence to fool a few people with no access and no clue, whom he helped write phony 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 book 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 another tweet, in 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

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watches a military drill marking the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this handout photo by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) made available on April 26, 2017. KCNA/Handout via REUTERS      ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. - RTS13Y8S

Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man” in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly this week.

 (Reuters/KCNA Handout)

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 additon, Trump has also called the North Korean leader a “sick puppy.” 

Pocahontas

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two people with knowledge of Warren's plans say the Massachusetts senator will formally endorse Hillary Clinton for president in the next week or two. They spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday, June 8, 2016, because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the endorsement before Warren makes it. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., became known to Trump as “Pocahontas” and “Goofy.”

 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The president reused one of his favorite nicknames for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., while he honored Navajo code talkers at the White House Monday. At the event – held to honor 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.”

Jeff Flakey

U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) talks to reporters as he arrives for the weekly Republican party caucus luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. October 31, 2017.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RC1EF7963D60

President Trump called Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., “Jeff Flake(y)” in a tweet.

 (Jonathan Ernst)

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 race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast,’” Trump tweeted on Nov. 19. 

Al ‘Frankenstien’

Senator Al Franken (D-MN) listens during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee judge Neil Gorsuch on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - HP1ED3K1BYFJU

President Trump dubbed Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., “Al Frankenstien” on Twitter following allegations of sexual misconduct.

 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

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 Frankenstien 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

FILE - In this April 5, 2016, file photo, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republican Donald Trump has narrowed down his vice presidential shortlist to a handful of contenders that he's met with including Corker. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Trump has nicknamed the Tennessee senator “Liddle’ Bob Corker.”

 (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The feud between Trump and Sen. Bob Corker has been going on for some time, but the Tennessee senator finally got a nickname Tuesday.

“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 a recent interview with the newspaper and said the president is so reckless that he might be “on the path to World War III.” A transcript from the interview revealed that Corker acknowledged the conversation was on the record.

Wacky Congresswoman Wilson

Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Fla., talks to reporters, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Wilson is standing by her statement that President Donald Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson killed in an ambush in Niger, that her husband "knew what he signed up for." In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson's description of the call was "fabricated." (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

As Trump and Rep. Frederica Wilson feud over comments made to a Gold Star family, the president has nicknamed the Florida Democrat “Wacky Congresswoman Wilson.”

 (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

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 SECRETELY 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. 

Crooked Hillary

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton smiles out to the crowd in Chicago, Wednesday, June 11, 2014, during an event to promote her new book. Hillary Clinton is returning to New York on Thursday for more stops on her book promo blitz. The former secretary of state and potential 2016 presidential contender will be making multiple stops in the city on Thursday. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

Trump often referred to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as “Crooked Hillary” during the 2016 presidential campaign.

 (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker)

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.”

Little Marco

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks before U.S. President Donald Trump announced his Cuba policy at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Florida, U.S. June 16, 2017. REUTERS/Joe Skipper - RC12FDB8EF40

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump would often refer to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as “Little Marco.”

 (Reuters/Joe Skipper)

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.

Lyin’ Ted

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 11:  Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), speaks at the 2013 Values Voter Summit, held by the Family Research Council, on October 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. The summit, which goes for three days, is attended by a number of Republican senators and high profile conservative voices in American politics.  (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Political rivals during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump would often call Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, “Lyin’ Ted.”

 (Getty Images/Andrew Burton)

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 polies in a campaign ad in March 2016.

Low Energy Jeb

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during an event at the Metropolitan University in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The former Florida governor delivered a speech on economic opportunities partly in Spanish on Tuesday, and his audience responded with hearty applause. Bush is fluent in the language, and often uses it in Florida, but it's rarely heard in Republican presidential campaign politics. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

Trump said his nickname for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, “Low Energy Jeb,” didn’t have a backstory but just fit.

 (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)

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

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks to a packed crowd during a campaign stop at the VFW Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015, in Derry, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich became known to Trump as “1 in 38” because he only one one state in the GOP presidential primaries.

 (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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.

Crazy Bernie

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a Dec. 6, 2012, news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Trump called Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. — Hillary Clinton’s Democratic presidential challenger — “Crazy Bernie.”

 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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.

Crying Chuck

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. In a bruising setback, Senate Republican leaders shelved a vote on their prized health care bill Tuesday until at least next month, forced to retreat by a GOP rebellion that left them lacking enough votes to even begin debate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump began attacking Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., as “Crying Chuck” online after Schumer criticized Trump’s firing of F.B.I. Director James Comey.

 (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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 earlier this month after Trump agreed to the Democrats’ short-term debt-limit increase and Hurricane Harvey aid.

Sleepy Eyes

Chuck Todd, political director at NBC News, takes part in the NBC News Decision '08 panel at the NBC Universal summer press tour  in Beverly Hills, California  July 21, 2008.

Trump has called NBC anchor “Sleepy” since 2011.

 (Reuters/Fred Prouser)

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

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski arrive for the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1A9XH

In slamming MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” coverage of him, Trump called host Mika Brzezinski “dumb as a rock Mika.”

 (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

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.

Psycho Joe

In this Monday April 22, 2013, file photo, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, right, attend the 2013 Matrix New York Women in Communications Awards at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. MSNBC confirmed Thursday, May 4, 2017, that the “Morning Joe” co-hosts are engaged.

Trump called MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough “Psycho Joe” on Twitter.

 (AP Photo)

In a Twitter rant about his dislike of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program, Trump dubbed host Joe Scarborough “Psycho Joe.”

Crazy Megyn 

TV host Megyn Kelly arrives for the Time 100 Gala in the Manhattan borough of New York, New York, U.S. April 25, 2017.   REUTERS/Carlo Allegri - RC1AFBAE9160

During their ongoing feud, Trump would call television personality Megyn Kelly “Crazy Megyn.”

 (Reuters/Carlo Allegri)

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.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @K_Schallhorn.


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