If that headline sounds like hyperbole, I regret to tell you: It is not.
Asked by NBC’s Chuck Todd about the allegations of horrendous sexual harassment made against his pal Roger Ailes, Donald naturally defended Ailes, dismissing the women asserting he harassed and assaulted them as “complaining.”
When Fox News’ Kirsten Powers followed up with Donald during a phone interview, she asked what if an employer treated Donald’s daughter Ivanka the way Ailes had allegedly treated his female employees. Powers said “his reply was startling, even by Trumpian standards.”
And so it is: “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” he replied.
Let’s be crystal clear about what Donald is saying – and not saying – here. He is not saying that a man who sexually harasses his female employees should be fired, nor even held accountable in any way. He is also not saying that sexual harassment is wrong.
To the absolute contrary, Donald is saying that a woman who is being sexually harassed should leave her job – or “find another career” altogether (!) – rather than report sexual harassment and, as Donald would presumably see it, “destroy a man’s life.”
Even his own daughter should simply upend her entire life and career in order to protect a man who was sexually harassing her.
There is, quite literally, no end to this man’s defense of abusive behavior toward women.
He blamed Desiree Washington, who was raped by Mike Tyson, a friend of Donald’s. He defended his erstwhile campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, who was accused of manhandling a female reporter. He said during a 1992 interview with New York Magazine: “Women, you have to treat them like shit.”
Donald has told us loud and clear who he is. He is a man who believes that women have to be treated like shit, and that men who treat women like shit have to be protected.
My fervent hope is that women across the nation will agree with me on November 8 that a man who holds such despicable views of women – and the men who hurt us – doesn’t belong anywhere near the Oval Office. #WomenTrumpDonald