To Trump, Women Are Objects Used For Entertainment and Housework
Note: Cross-posted from American Bridge.
As far as Donald Trump is concerned women are objects that exist purely to stroke his ego, entertain him, and take care of household chores and children. That has been abundantly clear throughout his entire life, let alone his presidential campaign. The release of the 2005 tape where he clearly speaks about sexually assaulting women confirms what voters have recognized in his rhetoric from the beginning: a man full of deep-seated misogyny and a total lack of respect for women as human beings. Trump has a long history of predatory behavior and this is one more example.
Trump and his campaign are doing their best to gaslight American women and rewrite recorded history, but it isn’t working. This morning, Donald Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani tried to make it seem like the grotesque conversation was a one-time incident. It is abundantly clear that is false. There are extensive reports of Trump sexually harassing women, and he’s bragged again and again about making moves on women without their consent. Trump and the Republicans who have supported his candidacy (whether they’ve since attempted to split from him or not) are inextricably linked throughNovember 8th and beyond. This is not a stain on the GOP — it is the end of the party as we know it.
Trump’s Previously Been Accused of Sexual Assault, Harassment Multiple Times:
- Trump business partner Jill Harth sued Trump for sexual misconduct in 1992 and 1993. The Boston Globe reported “Trump took her into an empty bedroom — the one normally used by daughter Ivanka, who at the time was 11. Trump forcibly ‘kissed, fondled, and restrained’ her from leaving, according to Harth’s suit”
- In 1993, 22-year old Lauren Petrella said she found Trump in her bed, “unannounced and uninvited.”
- Trump bragged to Howard Stern about going back stage at his beauty pageants to see women “standing there with no clothes.”
- In 1997, Temple Taggart reported that Trump greeted Miss USA contestants by kissing them on the lips and otherwise gave and“unwelcome kiss” when meeting at Trump Tower.
Trump Regularly Objectifies Women:
- Trump said he rated women on a ten-point scale and deducted points for a flat chest.
- Trump claimed it did not matter what the media said about him as long as he had a “young and beautiful piece of ass.”
- A former Trump employee, Barbara Res, accused Trump of making disparaging remarks about women, including refusing to have a business lunch with a woman he found unattractive, and making inappropriate comments about employees’ weight.
- In 1997, Trump called the Miss Universe winner an “eating machine” and ordered her to work out to lose the weight she gained despite her eating disorder that led her to throw up while competing in the pageant.
- Former Apprentice stars and producers alleged that Trump frequently rated female contestants by their breast size, instructed them to wear more revealing clothing, and discussed openly which he would sleep with or marry with male contestants.
- Trump accused female contestants on the Apprentice of using their sexuality to win. Trump also told a female contestant that she would make a “pretty picture” on her knees.
- Trump claimed beauty pageant audiences only cared about looks, not talent.
- Trump discussed watching his daughter Ivanka model lingerie and said if were not her father, he would date her and said she had the “best body.” In 1997, he asked the then Miss Universe to assess his daughter’s body.
- On Howard Stern, Trump agreed that Ivanka was “a piece of ass” and very “voluptuous.”
- Trump regularly made disparaging remarks about female celebrities and public figures, including Angeline Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Cher, Rosie O’Donnell, Selina Scott, Condoleezza Rice, Carly Fiorina, Princess Diana, Ariana Huffington, and Kristen Stewart. Trump often insulted women’s appearances or used inappropriate language to describe them.
Trump’s Views on Working Women, Pregnancy and More Belong in the 1950s:
- Trump said he “go[es] through the roof” when he gets home and dinner is not prepared by his wife and ready for him, and said a working wife was a “dangerous thing.”
- Trump said he had “more respect for a great homemaker as a wife than I do as a wife who is a good wife and a good businessperson.”
- In 2016, Trump said he believed that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who undergo abortion procedures if abortion is banned, but he believed that men should not be held legally responsible for abortion decisions under such a ban.
- Trump said Hillary Clinton didn’t have a “presidential look” or the “stamina” to be president.
- Trump called a lawyer “disgusting” when she asked for a break to pump breast milk.
- Trump said he would not help raise children, only pay for them.
- In 2002, Trump stripped Oxana Federova of her Miss Universe title after hearing rumors she was pregnant.
- Trump said a “pregnancy…is certainly an inconvenience…for a person that is running a business,” even if it’s “a wonderful thing for the woman.”
- During his 2016 campaign, Trump insulted Megyn Kelly after a Republican debate. Trump claimed Kelly had blood “coming out of her wherever,” retweeted a tweet calling Kelly a bimbo, refused to participate in a debate hosted by Kelly, and called her a “weak journalist.”
- In 2016, after his campaign manager was accused of battery against a female reporter, Trump questioned the reporter’s side of the story,suggesting her bruises could have come from a different incident, questioning why she had not yelled, and claiming she changed her account of the assault. Trump also claimed his campaign manager was only being “gentlemanly” with the reporter.