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List of nicknames used by Donald Trump

American President, businessman, and television personality Donald Trump became widely known during the 2016 United States presidential election and his subsequent presidency for using nicknames to criticize[1] foreign leaders, media figures, and politicians. His use of derogatory nicknames has been characterized as bullying by various media outlets.[2][3][4]


U.S. politiciansEdit

Nickname Personal name Notes
Crazy Joe Biden[5] Joe Biden 47th Vice President of the United States, former U.S. Senator from Delaware, former Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Gov. Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown[6][a] Jerry Brown 34th and 39th Governor of California
Low Energy Jeb[1] Jeb Bush 43rd Governor of Florida, 2016 Republican presidential candidate
Wild Bill[7] Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States, 40th and 42nd Governor of Arkansas, 50th Attorney General of Arkansas, former Chair of the National Governors Association
Crooked Hillary[1][8] Hillary Clinton Former First Lady of the United States, former U.S. Senator from New York, former U.S. Secretary of State, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee
Lyin' Hillary[9][10]
Heartless Hillary[11][12][13]
Leakin' James Comey[14] James Comey Former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Sanctimonious James Comey[15]
Lying James Comey[16]
Slippery James Comey[7]
Shadey James Comey[17]
Liddle' Bob Corker[1] Bob Corker U.S. Senator from Tennessee, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Lyin' Ted[1] Ted Cruz Former Solicitor General of Texas, U.S. Senator from Texas, 2016 Republican presidential candidate
Dicky Durbin[18] Dick Durbin U.S Senator from Illinois, Senate Minority Whip
Sneaky Dianne Feinstein[19] Dianne Feinstein U.S. Senator from California
Jeff Flakey[20] Jeff Flake U.S. Senator from Arizona
Al Frankenstien [sic][21] Al Franken Former U.S. Senator from Minnesota
Pelosi/Schumer Puppet Jones[22][23] Doug Jones U.S. Senator from Alabama
1 for 38 / 1 for 41 / 1 for 44[1][24][b] John Kasich Former U.S. Representative from Ohio's 12th district, 69th Governor of Ohio, 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
Lamb the Sham[25] Conor Lamb 2018 Pennsylvania special congressional election candidate
McMuffin[26][27] Evan McMullin Former CIA Operations Officer, 2016 Independent presidential candidate
Cheatin' Obama[28][18] Barack Obama 44th President of the United States, former U.S. Senator from Illinois, former Illinois State Senator
Little Marco[1] Marco Rubio U.S. Senator from Florida, 2016 Republican presidential candidate
Crazy Bernie[1] Bernie Sanders U.S. Senator from Vermont, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate
Little/Liddle Adam Schiff[1] Adam Schiff U.S. Representative for California's 28th congressional district
Cryin' Chuck[1] Chuck Schumer U.S. Senator from New York, Senate Minority Leader
Fake Tears Schumer[1][24]
Big Luther[29] Luther Strange Former U.S. Senator from Alabama
Mr. Magoo[30] Jeff Sessions United States Attorney General
Goofy Elizabeth Warren[31][32][11] Elizabeth Warren U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
Wacky Congresswoman Wilson[1] Frederica Wilson U.S. Representative for Florida's 24th congressional district

Foreign leadersEdit

Nickname Personal name Notes
Rocket Man / Little Rocket Man[1] Kim Jong-un Supreme leader of North Korea
Mad Alex[34] Alex Salmond Former First Minister of Scotland and Scottish independence supporter
Animal Assad[35] Bashar al-Assad President of Syria
Gas Killing Animal[36]
Dopey Prince[37] Al-Waleed bin Talal Saudi businessman, investor, philanthropist, and a Prince in the Saudi royal family
Justin from Canada[38] Justin Trudeau 23rd Prime Minister of Canada

Media figuresEdit

Nickname Personal name Notes
Crazy Jim Acosta[39] Jim Acosta Correspondent for CNN
Sloppy Steve[40] Steve Bannon 2016 Trump campaign CEO, former Trump Administration White House Chief Strategist, Executive Chairman of Breitbart News
Wacky Glenn Beck[1] Glenn Beck Talk show host
Dumb as a Rock Mika[1] Mika Brzezinski Co-host of Morning Joe
Crazy Mika[41]
Crazy Megyn[1] Megyn Kelly Former Fox News anchor, NBC News anchor
Sloppy Michael Moore[42] Michael Moore American documentary filmmaker, activist and author
Psycho Joe[1] Joe Scarborough Co-host of Morning Joe
Little George[43][22] George Stephanopoulos ABC News anchor
Dopey Sugar[44] Alan Sugar British businessman and host of The Apprentice
Sleepy Eyes[1] Chuck Todd Moderator of Meet the Press
Little Katy[45] Katy Tur Correspondent for NBC News
Little Jeff Zucker[1] Jeff Zucker Correspondent for CNN
Sir Charles[46] Charles Goldstein Real estate lawyer, Holocaust victims advocate


Nickname Official name Notes
Failing New York Times[1] The New York Times Publication
Amazon Washington Post[47] The Washington Post
Deface The Nation[48] Face the Nation News show
Clinton News Network[49] CNN Cable news network
Very Fake News[50]
Dishonest Press[51] Some mainstream media publications

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Brown has had the nickname "Governor Moonbeam" since the 1970s, predating Trump's use of the nickname. See McKinley, Jesse (March 6, 2010). "How Jerry Brown Became 'Governor Moonbeam'". New York Times. 
  2. ^ The name was in reference to Kasich winning only one state during the Republican primaries.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u Scallhorn, Kaitlyn (October 21, 2017). "Trump's nicknames for rivals, from 'Rocket Man' to 'Crooked Hillary'". Fox News. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ Schwarz, Sam (December 11, 2017). "Donald Trump bullied CNN anchor Don Lemon, network says after presidential tweet". Newsweek. Retrieved January 8, 2018. 
  3. ^ Cillizza, Chris (November 27, 2017). "Bully in Chief: Donald Trump proves it again with his 'Pocahontas' attack". CNN. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  4. ^ Cillizza, Chris (October 10, 2017). "Donald Trump is acting like a fifth-grade bully". CNN. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  5. ^ Nelson, Louis (March 22, 2018). "Trump fires back at Biden: He's 'mentally and physically' weak". Politico. Retrieved 2018-04-03. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Kevin (March 31, 2018). "Trump blasts California Gov. Jerry 'Moonbeam' Brown for pardoning 5 immigrants". USA Today. Retrieved April 3, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c Dawsey, Josh (April 15, 2018). "Trump assails Comey on Twitter, calls for ex-FBI director to be imprisoned". Washington Post. 
  8. ^ Graham-Harrison, Emma; Cadwalladr, Carole (2018-03-21). "Cambridge Analytica execs boast of role in getting Donald Trump elected". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-04-03. 
  9. ^ Rupert, Evelyn (June 2, 2016). "Trump reassigns 'Lyin'' nickname to Clinton". The Hill. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  10. ^ Abadi, Mark (September 4, 2016). "Donald Trump is trying Ted Cruz's nickname on Hillary Clinton". Business Insider. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Chotiner, Isaac (June 1, 2016). "No, Donald Trump Is Not Good at Nicknames". Slate. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  12. ^ Sherfinski, David (May 20, 2016). "Donald Trump floats 'Heartless Hillary' nickname for Clinton". The Washington Times. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  13. ^ Engel, Pamela (May 20, 2016). "Donald Trump is trying out a new nickname for Hillary Clinton". Business Insider. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  14. ^ Sheth, Sonam (December 24, 2017). "Trump continues weekend-long Twitter tirade against deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe". Business Insider. 
  15. ^ Times Staff, Asia (March 17, 2018). "Former FBI No. 2 McCabe hits back after being sacked under boss 'Sanctimonious James Comey'". Asia Times. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  16. ^ Feldscher, Kyle (March 18, 2018). "Trump accuses James Comey of lying under oath about anonymous sources". Washington Examiner. 
  17. ^ Cohn, Alicia (April 20, 2018). "Trump complains Comey can 'leak and lie' while Flynn was 'totally destroyed'". The Hill. 
  18. ^ a b Cillizza, Chris (April 3, 2018). "The definitive -- and updated! -- rankings of Donald Trump's nicknames for his political enemies". CNN. Retrieved April 3, 2018. 
  19. ^ Giaritelli, Anna (January 10, 2018). "Nancy Pelosi congratulates Dianne Feinstein on earning a Trump nickname: 'Clearly doing something right!'". The Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 10, 2018. 
  20. ^ Graef, Aileen (November 20, 2017). "Trump swipes at Flake on Twitter, calling his career 'toast'". CNN. Retrieved November 20, 2017. 
  21. ^ East, Kirsten (November 16, 2017). "Trump chimes in on Franken sexual harassment, dubs him 'Al Frankenstein'". Politico. 
  22. ^ a b Silverstein, Jason (December 4, 2017). "The running list of President Trump's nicknames for political rivals". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  23. ^ Gore, Leada (December 9, 2017). "Trump tweets support for Roy Moore, blasts 'Pelosi/Schumer Puppet' Doug Jones". Retrieved December 9, 2017. 
  24. ^ a b Chavez, Paola; Stracqualursi, Veronica (May 11, 2016). "From 'Crooked Hillary' to 'Little Marco,' Donald Trump's Many Nicknames". ABC. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  25. ^ Potter, Chris (March 10, 2018). "Trump leads rally for Saccone, his own policies". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved March 10, 2018. Mr. Trump also took shots at the Democratic candidate, Conor Lamb, who Mr. Trump bestowed with the nickname "Lamb the Sham." 
  26. ^ "'Evan McMuffin': Trump Adopts New Nickname for Former Opponent". Fox News. December 17, 2016. Retrieved March 23, 2018. 
  27. ^ Neidig, Harper (December 17, 2016). "McMullin returns fire on Trump for 'McMuffin' diss". The Hill. Retrieved March 23, 2018. 
  28. ^ Pandey, Erica (April 3, 2018). "Trump finally gives Obama a nickname". Axios. Retrieved April 3, 2018. 
  29. ^ Koplowitz, Howard (September 22, 2017). "Trump claims he was first to call Strange 'Big Luther'". Retrieved December 23, 2017. 
  30. ^ Swenson, Kyle (2018-03-01). "'Mr. Magoo': Trump's private nickname for Sessions raises intriguing questions". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-03-02. 
  31. ^ "'Her Whole Career is a Fraud': Trump Hits Back at 'Goofy Elizabeth Warren'". Fox News. May 7, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  32. ^ Levenson, Eric (May 11, 2016). "Elizabeth Warren unimpressed by Trump's 'goofy' nickname: 'Really?'". Associated Press. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  33. ^ Merica, Dan (November 28, 2017). "At a Navajo veterans' event, Trump makes 'Pocahontas' crack". CNN. Retrieved December 8, 2017. 
  34. ^ Brooks, Libby (December 21, 2016). "'Mad Alex': Donald Trump letters abuse Scottish ex-first minister". The Guardian. Retrieved November 15, 2017. 
  35. ^ "Trump: Russia will pay big price for backing 'Animal Assad'". Sky News. April 8, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2018. 
  36. ^ Croucher, Shane (April 11, 2018). "Trump warns Russia 'Nice, New, Smart' missiles are coming for 'Gas killing animal'". Newsweek. 
  37. ^ Lodish, Emily (December 12, 2015). "Donald Trump lashes back at 'dopey' Prince Alwaleed". 
  38. ^ Lum, Zi-Ann (June 1, 2017). "Trump Called Trudeau As 'Justin From Canada' Twice In One Month". 
  39. ^ Singman, Brooke. "Trump thanks 'Crazy Jim Acosta' after tweet that Schumer 'caved'". Fox News. 
  40. ^ Chaitin, Daniel. "Trump rips 'Sloppy Steve' Bannon, 'phony' tell-all book one hour before it goes on sale". Washington Examiner. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  41. ^ Manchester, Julia (June 29, 2017). "Trump mocks 'low I.Q. Crazy Mika' for 'face-lift'". TheHill. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  42. ^ Wang, Amy B. (October 29, 2017). "'I'm your latest distraction': Michael Moore fires back after Trump disses his Broadway show". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
  43. ^ Chia, Jessica (August 22, 2017). "Trump mocks 'little' George Stephanopoulos in renewed attack on the media". New York Daily News. Retrieved December 15, 2017. 
  44. ^ Trump, Donald [@realDonaldTrump] (December 10, 2012). "Dopey Sugar--because it was open all season long--you can't play golf in the snow, you stupid ass" (Tweet). Retrieved December 10, 2010 – via Twitter. 
  45. ^ McAfee, Tierney (September 12, 2017). "An Unwanted Kiss from Donald Trump and Taunts of 'Little Katy:' NBC's Katy Tur Dishes on Covering Campaign 2016". People. Retrieved December 8, 2017. She even got a signature Trump nickname, usually reserved for his most bitter rivals: 'Little Katy.' 
  46. ^ Trump, Donald (2009). Trump: The Art of the Deal. Random House Publishing Group. p. 8. ISBN 0307575330. 
  47. ^ "How Jeff Bezos Reacts to 'Negative' Amazon Articles in the Washington Post". Fortune. Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  48. ^ "Trump refers to 'Face the Nation' as 'Deface the Nation' – while on the show - The Boston Globe". Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  49. ^ "'The Clinton News Network is One': Trump Takes Shot at CNN For Being 'Bad at Polling'". Retrieved January 5, 2018. 
  50. ^ "'MUST WATCH: President Trump Takes ON CNN Reporter Jim Acosta During Press Conference (FNN)". Retrieved January 16, 2018. 
  51. ^