In what I’m sure comes as a surprise to no one, Donald Trump allegedly pushed his workers to fire any female employees he found unattractive and replace them with “pretty ones” at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos, California. According to a 2012 lawsuit, employees alleged they were constantly pressured by Trump to get rid of any females he personally found undesirable; not men, just women. In a sworn deposition, former employee Hayley Strozier, who worked at the club until 2008, claimed she had “witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were ‘not pretty enough’ and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women.” The suit also alleged employees would intentionally alternate workers’ shifts to ensure the women Trump did find attractive were scheduled to work on the days they knew Trump would be visiting the club and that at Trump’s behest, managers began hiring women based on looks rather than skill while Trump continuously made sexually inappropriate comments to female employees. Details regarding the case have only recently been made public. The suit was settled out of court in 2013, with the plaintiffs splitting a $475,00 payout. As expected, Trump did not admit to any wrongdoing. Another suit brought by a former female employee was also settled out of court, though the details of that case remain confidential.
Considering his most recent outbursts against Hillary Clinton (after his disastrous performance in the first Presidential debate) regarding comments he made about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, it is painfully clear how absolutely terrified of women Trump really is, despite his assertions that he has “great respect for women” and would do far more for them than Clinton, further complimenting himself by claiming “all are impressed with how nicely I have treated women.” During Monday’s debate, Clinton brought up comments he made in the past about Machado after she gained weight where he referred to her as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Houskeeping” (Machado is Latina). Trump responded on Tuesday of this week by telling Fox News he made no apologies for his comments because, “She gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.” Machado responded by publicly endorsing Clinton and saying when she was crowned Miss Universe in 1996, she was “sick — anorexia and bulimia for five years. I was 18. My personality wasn’t created yet. I was just a girl.” She gained a total of 12 pounds. But that doesn’t matter. It wouldn’t matter if she had gained 112 pounds. What does matter is the fact that this poor excuse for a man could potentially become the next leader of our country.
Here are just a few other things Trump has said about women:
- “26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?”
- “And the girls—we’re supposed to call them women, but they’re girls to me.”
- “Her ass is too fat.”
- “It must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.”
- ” You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever.”
- “Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?! I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not s’posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?”
- “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
- “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
- “She is a dog who wrongfully comments on me.”
Is this what he considers “great respect” for women? I wonder how his backers would feel if these comments were made about their mothers, sisters, daughters, wives? This matters. It matters very much. Especially considering the fact that Mr. Trump can’t seem to handle ANY of the much-warranted criticisms he constantly faces (nor can his supporters). None. Instead, he acts like a fourth grade bully who gets sent to the principal for his bad behavior and rather than take responsibility for his actions, he complains about how unfairly he’s being treated. During the debate, he interrupted Clinton 51 times, then later claimed the debate was “rigged” and threatened to pull out of participating in the next two debates if “she” was going to be there because whenever he would say anything, she would respond negatively. Does he not know what the word “debate” means? He knows he lost, but he’s too much of a spoiled brat to admit to it, and the sycophants he is surrounded/supported by let him get away with it. I’m sickened by the continued degradation of women and wonder why no one seems to be holding the offenders accountable. Have we all forgotten women are the sole reason any of us are here to begin with?