Efforts have lately been made by the Trump campaign machine to distance the candidate from some of his most controversial behaviors. Paul Manafort, staffer for the campaign, assured a crowd of GOP bigwigs that the objectionable behaviors, such as racist and discriminatory slurs, were just an “act” on the part of the now presumptive nominee.
Not quite. The act is pretending like Trump was ever pretending to be sexist, racist, or any one of his other favorite forms of hatred. The New York Times interviewed dozens of women who have had close experiences with Trump over the past decades, and what was discovered was even worse than what one might think. Trump didn’t just display the stiffy, sexist, woman-put down behaviors he has shown so often in public. No, Trump has been a sleaze, a possessive womanizer of vulnerable young people, and has defended what he didn’t deny.
One of these interactions goes back to 1990. Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey put it this way: “Donald J. Trump had barely met Rowanne Brewer Lane when he asked her to change out of her clothes.”
And they aren’t exaggerating. Read for yourself, in Lane’s own words.
‘For some reason Donald seemed a little smitten with me. He just started talking to me and nobody else. He suddenly took me by the hand, and he started to show me around the mansion. He asked me if I had a swimsuit with me. I said no. I hadn’t intended to swim. He took me into a room and opened drawers and asked me to put on a swimsuit.’
These sorts of interactions also extend to his tenure as head of the Miss Universe beauty pageant organization. The New York Times reporters say,
‘Temple Taggart, the 21-year-old Miss Utah, was startled by how forward he was with young contestants like her in 1997, his first year as the owner of Miss USA, a branch of the beauty pageant organization. As she recalls it, he introduced himself in an unusually intimate manner.’
And in Taggart’s own words:
‘He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross.’ He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.”
Yes, yes it is inappropriate.
His obscene behavior also extends to his corporation. Testifying in court, Jill Harth said the following occurred in the “early 1990’s”: “Basically he name-dropped throughout that dinner, when he wasn’t groping me under the table. Let me just say, this was a very traumatic thing working for him.” Harth was having dinner with Trump and her boyfriend, George Houraney.
According to the Times, Mr. Trump says the “world misunderstands his relationship with women.” That’s not unimaginable. The man says contradictory statements almost continuously. One day he expresses support for a certain policy, and the next he rejects it. Heck, he used to be a Democrat. So the confusion is simply an observation of his inconsistencies, and the vitriol he has spewed tends to color everything else, no matter how he or his associates would like to spin it.
And he is a leading candidate for President of the United States.