Sit down and prepare yourself for a massive shock: Donald Trump is a pig of the highest order. He’s so bad, he makes Don Draper look like a freaking third-wave feminist. I know, who would have thought? But the New York Times dug into his past and Trump’s relationship with women goes well beyond sexism and borders on pathological. The resulting article paints a picture of a deeply disturbed and entitled prick that views women as little more than window dressing for his wealth. If you or I acted like this, we’d be fighting off sexual harassment lawsuits for the rest of our lives. A few billion apparently buys you a lot of silence and good will:
The New York Times interviewed dozens of women who had worked with or for Mr. Trump over the past four decades, in the worlds of real estate, modeling and pageants; women who had dated him or interacted with him socially; and women and men who had closely observed his conduct since his adolescence. In all, more than 50 interviews were conducted over the course of six weeks.
Their accounts — many relayed here in their own words — reveal unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct, according to the interviews, as well as court records and written recollections.
Trump’s creepy behavior started as far back as boarding school where his selection of dates was based almost entirely on their looks:
…young Donald Trump paid careful mind to the kind of girls he brought to school. They had to be gorgeous — 10s, in his future parlance.
“Donald was extremely sensitive to whether or not the women he invited to campus were pretty,” recalled George White, a fellow student in the class of 1964.
“For Donald,” he added, “it’s display.”
The Times recounts a story from Trump’s 20s in which his father, Fred Trump, told Donald’s girlfriend/future ex-wife Ivana what she was going to order at a restaurant. Because women should know their role in Trump’s world. Isn’t it lovely when the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree?
The fox guarding the henhouse
With a history of treating women like objects to be used for his personal pleasure, it’s not really surprising that Trump took control of the Miss USA pageant and immediately started to make unwanted sexual advancements on women half his age:
Temple Taggart, the 21-year-old Miss Utah, was startled by how forward he was with young contestants like her in 1997, his first year as the owner of Miss USA, a branch of the beauty pageant organization. As she recalls it, he introduced himself in an unusually intimate manner.
“He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, “Oh my God, gross.” He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like “Wow, that’s inappropriate.
Unsurprisingly, he used his money, power and connections to pressure/persuade young women to do what he wanted. Was it rape? No, not exactly. Was it deeply unethical and slimy? Absolutely.
In a way, beauty pageants were the perfect forum for Trump, a man possessed of a shallow personality, obsessed with the surface and little else. And this creepy obsession with the female body found its way into every aspect of his life:
Whenever possible, Mr. Trump wanted his visitors to see his most attractive employees, as Ms. Res learned.
“We had a big meeting once. I grabbed one of the women in the office and sent her in to get lunch orders. Donald said, “Not her.” She didn’t look great. He got another woman to take the lunch orders. That was purely about looks. He wanted the people in that room to think that all the women who worked for him were beautiful.” – Barbara Res
Trump’s fixation on women’s bodies even extends to his daughter because of his need to be surrounded by “hot” women:
Mr. Trump frequently sought assurances — at times from strangers — that the women in his life were beautiful. During the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, he sat in the audience as his teenage daughter, Ivanka, helped to host the event from onstage. He turned to Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe at the time, and asked for her opinion of his daughter’s body.
“ ‘Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?’ ” Ms. Lee recalled him saying. ‘I was like, ‘Really?’ That’s just weird. She was 16. That’s creepy.
A lot of people have joked about Trump lusting after his own daughter and I used to laugh it off. But after reading about his deeply disturbing preoccupation with women and how little they mean to him beyond how their looks reflect on him, my laughter now has a very nervous edge to it. I can’t help but wonder what kind of tell-all book his daughters are going write after Trump dies.
There’s a lot more ugliness in the Times’ article and you should read the whole thing but the bottom line is pretty clear: Donald Trump is a borderline sexual predator with a phenomenally low self-esteem. If it hadn’t been for his money, he would almost certainly be an abusive Men’s Rights Activist demanding women have sex with him because he deserves it and insisting they’re all dirty whores anyway.
Remember when conservatives and Republicans were outraged over a sitting president getting a blow job in the Oval Office? It’s been 25 years and they STILL can’t let it go. But they want to elect Donald Trump, the pervert that sees his own daughters as sexual objects because why the hell not?
If I were a women in a hypothetical Trump White House, I’d get a transfer as soon as humanly possible.
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