Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has often been accused of favoring female employees based on their looks, and now there’s evidence to prove it.
Back in 2007, during a speech Trump gave in San Francisco for the Learning Annex, an adult education firm that reportedly paid Trump $1.5 million per appearance, the real estate mogul openly mentioned selecting female employees based on their looks.
When a young woman in the audience asked Trump what she would have to do to be appointed as a flight attendant on one of his jets, Trump immediately had the woman brought onstage, before checking her out, wrapping his arms around her, and declaring, “You are hired.”
After that, with the woman still onstage, Trump went on to recount an anecdote about a time when he hired a teenager solely because she was hot.
“You know, I had a case that was very interesting. A beautiful girl who was 17 or 18 and applied to be a waitress. So beautiful. She’s like a world-class beauty—like the young lady who just asked a question about the actress. She’s so beautiful. And my people came and she said, ‘Mr. Trump, she has no experience.’
“So I interviewed her anyway because she was so pretty. And I said, ‘Let me ask you, do you have any experience?’ She goes, ‘No, sir.’ I say, ‘When can you start?'”
Trump even claimed that pretty women are his “alcoholism,” reports Mother Jones.
“See now, if she worked on my plane, that’s like a death wish for me, right? That’s like an alcoholic [unintelligible]. People are alcoholics. You put Scotch in front of them, it’s like [Trump gestures wildly with his hands], it’s like, this would be my form of alcoholism.”
Watch the entire video below.
The resurfacing of this video comes days after Donald Trump fell to a bait laid out by his presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, when she said that the Republican nominee had no respect for women and had repeatedly called them “slobs, dogs, and pigs” during the primary season, before also confronting him with the fact that he had insulted and body-shamed a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, in the 1990s.
Next morning, in an attempt to defend himself, Trump, although admitting that he had said some very “tough things” to Alicia, claimed on Fox and Friends that she was the “absolute worst” candidate and “impossible” to deal with. He went on to add that nobody should have any sympathy for the former Miss Universe.
“She was the worst we ever had — the worst, the absolute worst… She gained a massive amount of weight and it was a real problem,” Trump said.
However, despite this justification, polls after the debate showed that many women felt affronted at the way Trump belittled Alicia Machado. According to the NBC News|SurveyMoney poll, 27 percent of likely female voters said that the debate made them think worse of Donald Trump. Even more disturbingly for Trump, 80 percent of independent female voters, who are yet to decide on their preferred candidate, said that the debate proved that Donald Trump did not have the “temperament and personality to serve” as the next president of the United States.
With both presidential candidates struggling majorly with their unfavorable ratings, winning over a key demographic could be all it takes for either of the nominees to become the next president of the United States. By all accounts, women could be that demographic, but if Donald Trump continues to berate them in the manner he has done through the course of the election season, it could be the women who will come back to haunt him come November.
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