Donald Trump certainly has not been scoring points with women during his presidential bid. This past week, Trump only added to his problems by suggesting that a woman could avoid sexual harassment by simply switching careers or jobs.
His second eldest son, Eric Trump, only made things worse by trying to explain and defend Trump’s statements:
“I think what he’s saying is, Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected [sic] to it, and by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources, and I think she would, as a strong person; at the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to that. I think that’s a point he was making, and I think he did so well.”
Ivanka Trump made things no better by completely ignoring the two Trump men’s statements and merely condemning sexual harassment instead.
Now, another allegation has surfaced that links Trump’s beliefs about sexual harassment to his own conduct making the case that Trump’s outdated beliefs about women and sexual harassment are deeply engrained in Trump.
In his 1991 book, Trump, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Deals, The Downfall, The Reinvention, reporter Wayne Barrett briefly wrote on Trump’s “sexual fantasy life.” In that portion of the book, Barrett spoke about Trump pitching a spread of his employees to Playboy:
“He even tried to get Playboy to do a spread called “The Girls of Trump,” wooing his most shapely staffers, including a former beauty queen secretary, into posing for the magazine with a sliding scale of offers on everything from full nude to breast to “wet-lip” shots. It was all part of the rakish ethos of phony glamour that he consciously fostered, even to the extent of concealing from public view a very efficient secretary with a pimplish facial condition. This unappeasable appetite led him, as his own notoriety soared, into celebrity worship, and he became a starstruck groupie, attaching himself to Don Johnson, Michael Jackson, and just about anyone else who would allow him to climb into photographs with them. He was both projecting a larger-than-life image and reveling in it, a dangerous psychic combination.”
Playboy has done a number of similar spreads where it featured the employees of certain companies or organizations, including “Women of Enron,” “Women of Starbucks,” and "The Girls of the Big 10.” Significantly, none of those spreads were pitched or condoned by the companies who employed the women.
When contacted by Jezebel for comment on the matter, "Trump campaign spokesperson Jason Miller denied the allegations, calling them ‘completely false.'”