WAR ON WOMEN: Donald Trump Defends Fellow Misogynist Roger Ailes Of Fox News
Trump Has A Bad Habit Of Supporting Powerful Men Guilty Of Sexual Miconduct
So, to recap, last week during the Republican National Convention, Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka gushed about what a great candidate her dad is for women. She dutifully laid it on thick and made Trump sound like the great savior for American women. Of course, this also the same Ivanka who Donald said he would date if he wasn’t her dad.
The oblivious Ivanka had pretty much any claims her dad would be positive for women completely dashed on Sunday morning, just a few days after, when he came to the defense of disgraced Fox News CEO Roger Ailes who was accused of sexual harassment from not one, but 20 different women who have worked under him over the years.
Once former Fox reporter Gretchen Carlson came forward with a lawsuit on July 6, it opened the floodgates for the victims to come forth with their own disturbing stories. What Gretchen claims to have gone through, according to The Guardian, is not something any woman should have to endure in a workplace.
“Carlson accused Ailes of “ogling” her, making her turn around “so he could view her posterior”, and directly propositioning her for sex to maintain her career: “I think you and I should have had a sexual relationship a long time ago and then you’d be good and better and I’d be good and better,” Ailes said, according to the lawsuit. “Sometimes problems are easier to solve” that way.”
Daddy Trump appeared on NBC’s Meet The Press where Chuck Todd asked him about Roger Ailes and the role he might be playing in his campaign. Instead of answering directly, for some reason he came out defending his raunchy pal and firmly against the victims.
“Well, I don’t want to comment. But he’s been a friend of mine for a long time. And I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them. And even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him.
And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible things about him. It’s very sad. Because he’s a very good person. I’ve always found him to be just a very, very good person. And by the way, a very, very talented person. Look what he’s done. So I feel very badly. But a lot of people are thinking he’s going to run my campaign.”
Of course you always found him to be a good person, Donald – you are a male who he hasn’t sexually harassed. You aren’t his type.
But, heck, misogyny is kind of Donald Trump’s thing, no matter how much his daughter wants to building him up in front of millions of people at the RNC and watching on TV. Need an example? Here is an excellent one dug up by The Telegraph who did a great job of rounding up a fascinating cross section of the absolutely disgusting stuff he has done and said that show what a sexist dick the guy really is.
26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2013
Trump has a bad habit of getting behind misogynists as his relationship with Mike Tyson can attest to. As CNN reports, Trump was cool with support from Iron Mike.
“I love it. He sent out a tweet. Mike. Iron Mike. You know, all the tough guys endorse me. I like that, OK?”
His former rival Carly Fiorina, who herself was subject to sexist comments by Trump, points out that this is not a thing a candidate who is supposedly great for women should be happy about.
“Sorry, I don’t consider a convicted rapist a tough guy. And I think it says a lot about Donald Trump’s campaign and his character that he is standing up and cheering for an endorsement by Mike Tyson.”
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