Sunday, May 15, 2016

How Trump treats women

“Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?” — Donald Trump speaking about his then teenaged daughter Ivanka

REGALING you with curiosities from the second leg of the birthday trip, the drive from Kansas City to Memphis, is just going to have to wait. This article from The New York Times about Donald Trump's exploitative, predatory, creepy treatment of women throughout his life is too important for you to miss.

Despite the fact that I'm breaking rules (I was told by an editor at New York Magazine that it's okay to share the first 500 words, but beyond that, it should be a link), usually, when I share a column or article from another source I give you the whole piece contained within my post so you don't have to click on and follow a link.

With this particular New York Times article, however, I'm abiding by the rules because it's such a long piece, and because there are a number of sidebars, photos and graphics that I don't want you to miss.

I take vehement issue, however, with one thing the authors say. In this piece written by Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey, they describe Trump's relationships with women as contradictory and complex. 

In my opinion, they're neither. They're simple and homogeneous; he consistently uses women to his advantage. It may be for sexual or ego gratification, or it may be within one of his companies because, as he himself said, he can get more work out of a woman than a man. People are assets to be used and manipulated, and none more so than women.

I'm giving you the first 500 words; then you'll have to click on the link to finish. Just find where you were when you left off, and scroll down to read the rest. He's a creep!

Donald's "hot" daughter, Ivanka, sitting on daddy's lap

And yet again 

Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private

Interviews reveal unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambition, and unsettling workplace conduct over decades.

Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey

Mar 14, 2016 

Donald J. Trump had barely met Rowanne Brewer Lane when he asked her to change out of her clothes.

Ms. Brewer Lane, at the time a 26-year-old model, did as Mr. Trump asked. “I went into the bathroom and tried one on,” she recalled. It was a bikini. “I came out, and he said, ‘Wow.’ ”

Mr. Trump, then 44 and in the midst of his first divorce, decided to show her off to the crowd at Mar-a-Lago, his estate in Palm Beach, Fla. “He brought me out to the pool and said, ‘That is a stunning Trump girl, isn’t it?’ ” Ms. Brewer Lane said.

Donald Trump and women: The words evoke a familiar cascade of casual insults, hurled from the safe distance of a Twitter account, a radio show or a campaign podium. This is the public treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president: degrading, impersonal, performed. “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees,” he told a female contestant on “The Celebrity Apprentice.” Rosie O’Donnell, he said, had a “fat, ugly face.” A lawyer who needed to pump milk for a newborn? “Disgusting,” he said.

But the 1990 episode at Mar-a-Lago that Ms. Brewer Lane described was different: a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew. This is the private treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the up-close and more intimate encounters.

Rowanne Brewer Lane, who met Mr. Trump when she was a 26-year-old model

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. The interactions occurred in his offices at Trump Tower, at his homes, at construction sites and backstage at beauty pageants. They appeared to be fleeting, unimportant moments to him, but they left lasting impressions on the women who experienced them.

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