I don’t think it’s much of a secret that Donald Trump has an extremely outdated view of women. For the real estate mogul women are objects that are meant to make him look better. Rarely have we heard Trump compliment (or insult) women on actual substance. It’s typically based on if the woman can benefit him and where she ranks on a hotness scale.
Donald Trump has used his own daughter Ivanka in the same way. There has been much talk about old photos of Trump with a young Ivanka and their creepiness. They depict a powerful man and a beautiful girl. It’s the age-old “arm candy” tactic – only Trump applies it to his father/daughter relationship, as well.
The latest photo to surface of the father-daughter pair is more of the same arm candy creepiness.
I think it’s apparent that Donald Trump measures a woman’s value based upon beauty and how that beauty can benefit him. While his direct insults of women – those thrown at Rosie O’Donnell and Megyn Kelly – have been absolutely awful, they only reflect Donald’s overall view of women in general. He just can’t see a woman as anything other than an object.
That obviously carries over to his relationship with his own daughters. We knew this when he, himself, admitted that he would date Ivanka, if she wasn’t you know, his offspring. He came under fire after saying this on The View:
She does have a very nice figure . . . if [she] weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.
And when his daughter Tiffany was born, he was asked by Robin Leach about who his new baby resembled, he immediately commented on his newest daughter saying:
Well, I think that she’s got a lot of Marla. She’s a really beautiful baby, and she’s got Marla’s legs. We don’t know whether she’s got this part yet (puts his hands in front of his chest with cupping hands), but time will tell..
If there is any doubt of Trump’s gross misogyny just read a few other quotes from Donald Trump about women. Clearly, there is a deep, deep problem here.
From his book How To Get Rich: “It’s certainly not groundbreaking news that the early victories by the women on ‘The Apprentice’ were, to a very large extent, dependent on their sex appeal.”
In an interview with Esquire magazine he gave us this doozy: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
In his book Think Big: Make it Happen in Business and Life: “Oftentimes when I was sleeping with one of the top women in the world I would say to myself, thinking about me as a boy from Queens, ‘Can you believe what I am getting?'”
Last but not least, he tells us how “powerful” women really are, but of course, that power is rooted sex. In his book Trump: The Art of the Comeback he said: “Women have one of the great acts of all time. The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers. The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very naive or had to be kidding. I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye — or perhaps another body part.”
It’s no wonder Trump scores so low with voting women in the United States. It has very little to do with him running against the first female candidate of a major party to secure a legitimate run for President and everything to do with Trump’s own view of women, including his own daughters.
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