Champion pro golfer Michelle Wie has hit back at former Republican President Donald Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani after he publicly told an inappropriate and lewd story about her.
In an appearance on "War Room," the podcast of far-right commentator and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, Giuliani recounted a story of having seen Wie's "panties" during a golf tournament.
Wie took to Twitter on Friday to call out Giuliani.
https://t.co/sSbeNFY6c0— Michelle Wie (@Michelle Wie)1613792374.0
Giuliani's less than charming anecdote came during a discussion with Bannon about right-wing provocateur Rush Limbaugh, who recently passed away.
While reminiscing about a golf tournament in which he, Limbaugh and Wie participated, Giuliani called Wie "gorgeous" and claimed while putting she "bends all the way over and her panties show." Giuliani, Limbaugh and Bannon all have a history of openly misogynistic and sexist comments throughout their respective careers.
Wie was having none of it.
In a tweeted statement, the five-time winner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour struck back at Giuliani without ever naming him.
"My putting stance six years ago was designed to improve my putting stats (I ended up winning the U.S. Open that year), NOT as an invitation to look up my skirt!"
She went on to express her discomfort with being discussed in such a sexually charged manner behind her back.
"What this person should have remembered from that day, was the fact that I shot 64 and beat every male golfer in the field leading our team to victory."
"I shudder thinking that he was smiling to my face and complimenting me on my game while objectifying me and referencing my 'panties' behind my back all day."
Following her statement, the United States Golf Association tweeted in support of Wie and took a stand against Giuliani's sexism, misogyny and sexual harassment.
Sexism has no place in golf or life. We are always in your corner, @MichelleWieWest https://t.co/4uYVvNK59E— USGA (@USGA)1613838828.0
On Twitter, the incident definitely struck a nerve.
Many hailed Wie's response.
Wie has too much class to identify Rudy Giuliani as the creep looking up her skirt, but I've no such compunction ab… https://t.co/3Kgaq5w9ym— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1613855597.0
@MichelleWieWest The fact that you could calmly respond w/out even mentioning the creep’s name in the first place t… https://t.co/PPD4esTDVO— BJ Murray (@BJ Murray)1613794773.0
@MichelleWieWest US Open Champion. 'Nuff said. https://t.co/8C1PNDsaFd— Eric Scher (@Eric Scher)1613793395.0
@MichelleWieWest You’ve been an excellent role model for our girl golfer! Thank you for speaking out against this a… https://t.co/ZeXZoEItSG— Melody speaks gif fluently (@Melody speaks gif fluently)1613853670.0
Never acceptable https://t.co/MQ6CNEJrj6— Michelle Schmidt (@Michelle Schmidt)1613871666.0
It's terribly upsetting that the best women in the world have to put up with stuff like this, but good on… https://t.co/2V4fyfvg1A— Karen Crouse (@Karen Crouse)1613888638.0
In this post, Michelle Wie is talking about Rudy Giuliani, who was trying to impress Steve Bannon, while seeking to… https://t.co/62XwK7L7mh— Evan Dawson (@Evan Dawson)1613837138.0
@MichelleWieWest Your talent is all we normal people see https://t.co/44vMYA8DEB— Tom K (@Tom K)1613794776.0
@MichelleWieWest Kudos to you on such a classy and strong response to unquestionably inappropriate and demeaning be… https://t.co/3QyKGX1v5J— BrickmanInGA #DefendDemocracy 🇺🇸 (@BrickmanInGA #DefendDemocracy 🇺🇸)1613839821.0
The things female athletes have to put up with are awful. (A great female golfer led her to team to victory and Ru… https://t.co/G1jU9DlCSj— 📚Tibby♀️✡ (@📚Tibby♀️✡)1613854220.0
Giuliani—who was instrumental in the promotion of Trump's "Big Lie" about a voter fraud conspiracy—is currently the subject of multiple investigations and an effort by a national lawyers' organization to have his legal license suspended by the state of New York for his repeated misconduct.