Talking to CBS This Morning, Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump, stated that his older sister was able to avoid sexual harassment because she was somehow in control of her exposure to it.
“Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected to it.”
It was the second time the Trumps were asked to respond to Ivanka hypothetically being sexually harassed at work.
Kirsten Powers of USA Today asked Donald Trump how he’d feel if his daughter experienced what women working with Fox News’s former employee, Roger Ailes, experienced.
“I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” Trump said.
Both comments received criticism from the media because they place all responsibility on the victim of the harassment without mention of the perpetrator or environment that may have been conducive.
Twitter users also expressed a somewhat jaded anger about the latest Trump debacle.
— Sam White (@samwhiteout) August 2, 2016
— Melissa Jo Peltier (@MelissaJPeltier) August 2, 2016
Because all other women born without Ivanka's privilege go around "allowing" themselves to be harassed. https://t.co/OeW49Fmy1d
— Madiha Waris Qureshi (@MadihaQ) August 2, 2016
Last year, one in three women reported being harassed sexually at work. A different study found that just 29 percent of women reported the incident. Women who didn’t report said they were afraid nothing would be done or that they would be blamed for the incident themselves.
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