The trouble with Donald Trump, Republican candidate for President in the US, is that he is so politically incorrect on so many things, that it’s hard to focus on a single issue.
But we’re hunkering down now and looking at the issue of Trump and his idea of women.
The Presidential candidate is famously outspoken, but there are times when his sexist statements leave you so stunned, you’re actually breathless. A glance at his website shows that he has no policies that would affect the way women work, and a look into the corporate hierarchy in his various firms shows that while he does hire women in senior positions, those positions tend to be in the communications and PR teams, traditionally the place of women in the workplace.
Here are 10 things you need to know about Trump and women.
- To begin with, Trump appears to believe that women are possessions. In a letter to Georges Ugeux, chairman and CEO of Galileo Global Advisors and adjunct professor of Columbia Law School, quoted by ‘Marie Claire UK’, Trump wrote (among other things): “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
- An article in ‘Time’ magazine pointed out: “He [Trump] has no plans for paid family leave, child care, or equal pay outlined on his website.”
- A ‘Cosmopolitan’ article looking into Trump’s history as an employer said: “Male Trump campaign staffers make about 35 percent more than female ones.” The article adds that though some women at his firms have defended Trump, one of them admitted that while Trump promoted and mentored her, he also kept a ‘fat’ photograph of her in his drawer to pull out when he felt she needed to be punished.
- The same ‘Cosmopolitan’ article pointed out: “There was not a single woman on his billionaire-heavy economic advisory team. There are no women on his core management and strategy team. There were no women on his convention and delegate strategy team. There are no women on his foreign policy advisory team.”
- Trump’s chief strategist Paul Manafort said that Trump would be “pandering” if he picked a woman as his running mate. Manafort also said that women will support Trump because their husbands can’t afford to pay the family’s bills. This was quoted in the ‘Cosmopolitan’ article with much fury.
- According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released in July, only 38 per cent of the women polled said that they would back Trump. When asked if they believed that Trump is biased against minorities and women, 56 per cent said yes.
- According to the ‘Washington Post’, on his television show, ‘The Apprentice’, Trump once told a woman contestant: “That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees.”
- Republican women are so annoyed with Trump’s sexism, that many senior leaders have decided to vote for Hilary Clinton of the Democratic Party instead. According to the ‘New York Times’, Senator Susan Collins of Maine; Sally Bradshaw, a top aide and strategist to Jeb Bush when he was governor of Florida; and Maria Comella, a former top adviser to governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, have all said that they would not vote for Trump.
- The same ‘New York Times’ piece quoted Jennifer Pierotti Lim, who has been Republican all her life, as saying: “We’re Republicans, she’s a Democrat, but the policy disagreements we have are far outweighed by the danger that Donald Trump poses to America.”
- If you’re still unconvinced about how Trump feels about women, here’s another glimpse of his letter to Georges Ugeux, this time from ‘The Huffington Post’: “You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”