As if we needed more proof that this “billionaire” family is completely disconnected from the reality that we live in day-to-day. Eric Trump just tried to fix another of his daddy’s gaffes by intimating that a woman getting sexually harassed in the workplace is a sign of weakness because Ivanka would never let that happen to her.
Trump Sr. commented on how he would respond if his daughter Ivanka was sexually harassed in the workplace. Specifically, harassed like Roger Ailes is accused of doing to female employees and job seekers at Fox News. Trump’s response? He hopes she would just leave and start a new career or work for another company.
He told Kirsten Powers, a Fox News contributor and USA Today columnist, Monday:
I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.
Because women being sexually harassed should have to change careers (a task not easily taken on that is a debt filled nightmare for most) or leave their job and find another to escape sexual harassment? This is patently ridiculous, of course.
Trump’s complete and utter disregard for any woman who faces sexual harassment has been evident since his interview with Chuck Todd. Trump told Todd that he knows how much Aisles has helped these women and now “all of the sudden they are saying horrible things about him.” From Gretchen Carlson to Megyn Kelly, Aisles allegedly “helped” women from the age of 16 on up by controlling them, belittling them and treating them like chattel.
Despite that, Eric Trump tried to take the edge off of his father’s obviously wrong comments. How did he do so? By saying his sister, Ivanka, is a “strong powerful woman,” and would never allow anyone to treat her that way. Besides, according to Eric, his father Trump made his point well — Ivanka is too strong to be mistreated. (Leaving one to suppose that the poor unwashed masses, like the female news staff at Fox News, are just weak.)
After being asked if his father would probably want to clarify his comments, such as encouraging women who are being harassed to go to Human Resources or take other steps to deal with it, Eric said this:
Hey, listen, we all run a company, my father runs a company, we take [sexual harassment] – that is an absolute no-go anywhere, and that’s very much the case. I think what he’s saying is, Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected to it, and by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources, and I think she would as a strong person, at the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to that. I think that’s a point he was making, and I think he did so well.
What the hell are they thinking? This message sounds more like he is saying: hey, if you are too weak to stop it in the first place, definitely go to Human Resources and complain. Otherwise, if you are a powerful woman, it won’t ever happen because you won’t let it.
Ivanka has described her father as a feminist. Apparently, the whole family isn’t quite sure what feminism is. It isn’t about a few privileged women not having to worry about sexual harassment because they are too powerful and well connected to be harassed. Feminism is not about one woman who has the strings to pull to stop a jerk from being a jerk — it is about making the equal treatment of men and women a reality in this country.
Power has everything to do with this. But the power we are talking about is that the man running to lead this nation believes that women who are sexually harassed are weak and allow it, that they should leave their job to avoid it if they can’t stop it alone.
Women in the real world don’t have the luxury of simply changing the business name on their door and starting over. Over 70 percent of families in the US make less than 50k a year, and 50 percent make less than 30k, meaning that most women don’t have their family’s cash to fall back on to pay student loans or their bills while they start over again because they ran into a scumbag. Those scumbags are the ones that need to be replaced and should have to find another career.
Sorry, Eric, telling American women that if they were strong enough then this wouldn’t happen is wrong. Telling them that on the vapor trails of your father’s statements that hinted Ailes is a victim of mean women just made it worse. Way worse.
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