Donald Trump: ‘When I Come Home And Dinner’s Not Ready, I’ll Go Through The Roof’


Donald Trump says that pregnancy is “wonderful,” while in campaign mode. But then, we hear an old tape of him telling the obnoxious radio host Howard Stern how he was all for abortion when wife #2 told him she was pregnant. That pregnancy ended with daughter Tiffany. Now, we discover Trump believes pregnancy is decidedly not a “wonderful” business at all.In an interview with NBC’S “Dateline” October 2004, Trump said pregnancy is:

‘…a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business.’

That interview was about one of the women he promoted far above the building industry practice of that time, Carolyn Kepcher. “Dateline” discussed her book “Carolyn 101,’ her career, and any advice she might have for female executives.

Trump was proud of Kepcher, calling her “killer” and “cunning” during an interview related to her feature. He recalled that she was six months pregnant and showing before she told him.

She told the interviewer that she was typically a “straight shooter,” but not this time. According to MSNBC, Kepcher said:

‘Maybe in my mind he might think this would perhaps be a setback or maybe I’m going to have to bring somebody in to replace her throughout her pregnancy or when she takes maternity leave. If I tell him at six months, it will be over in three months.’

After all, Trump is one of those unpleasant guys who expect dinner on the table, hot and waiting, whenever he feels like returning home at the end of the day:

‘I have days where I think it’s great. And then I have days where if I come home and–you know, I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist–but Admits when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I’ll go through the roof, okay?’

Kepcher only took three weeks maternity leave before coming back part-time. “Dateline” asked Trump if he pressured her, but he didn’t think so, because “she loves her job.”

Then the interviewer asked him if she came back so quickly because she was afraid she would be replaced. Trump answered quickly, but then seemed to pause as if he had not considered the idea:

‘No. It’s an interesting premise…maybe she should feel that way a little bit. But the fact is that would not have happened.’

When Trump’s daughter Ivanka gave birth on March 27, she was back at it on Trump’s campaign trail within two weeks. Her father praised her on stage, but as usual, he stretched  the truth.

‘You know, she had a baby like five days ago. She did a good job. So I should not say, ‘Ivanka, you’re fired,’ right? I promise.’

Not funny. Given Trump’s temperament, he might actually have fired her had she taken more time. It was either that, or she has inherited her father’s hyper work ethic.

So far, Trump has not released any policy plans on issues related to women in the workplace. Although, in an interview with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney last October, he said this about paid family leave:

‘You have to be careful with [keeping] our country very competitive. Certainly there are a lot of people discussing it.’

Regardless, Trump believes he will win women over by November:

‘Nobody will be better to women, and nobody will be better to women’s health issues — a big thing — than Donald Trump. That I can tell you. Nobody.

‘I won with women because, you know what? Women want to see a strong country. Women want to see a strong military. Women want to see strong borders.’

Women want respect, fairness, and equality. Childbearing is not an “inconvenience.’

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