In recent days Donald Trump has made disgusting claims about President Obama, effectively accusing him of being a terrorist sympathizer. There’s a reason he’s doing it: He’s petrified of Hillary. #WomenTrumpDonald 

On May 25, I argued that there’s a reason Donald’s attention is focused more on Bill Clinton — and even Bernie Sanders — than on Hillary. It’s because he desperately wants to run against a man. He’s the proverbial schoolyard bully who joyfully sucker-punches other boys but is secretly petrified of the girls.

For a deeply insecure male like Donald, whose degrading attitude toward women will be his downfall, being defeated by a woman is the ultimate humiliation. Women are objects to him, not worthy rivals. Recall his words:

“Beauty and elegance, whether in a woman, a building, or a work of art, is not just superficial or something pretty to see.”

Or the crasser version:

“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of [expletive].”

For Donald, a woman is something you own, not someone you respect. Women know men like Donald, which is why he polls so abysmally with them.

At BNR we launched the #WomenTrumpDonald hashtag for a reason: it is the perfect encapsulation of the 2016 election. And the tag has caught on quickly for that reason.

Donald desperately wants to relive the Republican primaries, where he swatted down male rivals with a single tweet. Unfortunately for him, he’s facing an entirely different opponent in Hillary, someone who outclasses him at every level and in every way.

The days when he could coin an inane nickname and knock a candidate out of the race are long gone. Now, he faces decisive defeat at the hands of Hillary and his only strategy is to lash out at Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

As Donald would say: sad.