Donald Trump is lashing out at a lawyer who claims the 2016 presidential candidate berated her in 2011 for wanting to pump breast milk, CNN is reporting.
As Trump enjoys a meteoric rise in his poll numbers, a series of scandals – all involving things Trump said or did years ago, now being dug up by journalists – continues to rock the brash and outspoken Republican. The latest controversy involves remarks Trump made to a lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, in 2011 over breastfeeding.
In 2011, Beck was deposing Trump in a Florida legal case. At a certain point days into the deposition process, Beck asked for a break in order to breastfeed her 3-month-old daughter. Several times during the week-long deposition process, according to The New York Times, Beck had taken time out to pump breast milk. But at the time of the incident, Trump – for whatever reason – had decided he’d had enough, and denied Beck’s request. To demonstrate the urgency of her need, Beck pulled out a breast pump. That appears to have set Trump off.
The news of the episode broke in a Tuesday New York Times report. And in a Wednesday interview with CNN, Trump doubled down on his remarks about Beck.
“She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that’s disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible. She’s a vicious, horrible person.”
Elizabeth Beck, however, had a different version of events.
“He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there.”
Trump, meanwhile, suggests that Beck is exaggerating the incident because she’s upset that her firm lost its legal battle against Trump.
“She made it up. She made it up. She’s saying, ‘Oh, he was so violent and he was so, so wild and she was afraid.’ She was afraid of nobody. She’s a tough killer in Miami everyone knows she’s a killer. They all hate her.”
For her part, Elizabeth Beck shrugs off the notion that Trump’s opinion of her matters. But his personality does raise concerns, she says, about what kind of president the short-tempered and brash Trump would make.
“I don’t think his opinion of me is important. I’m not the one running for president. The question is, How does he behave in a situation that is contentious and uncomfortable? Can he act with grace under fire or does he have a meltdown? Why does a breast pump make him have a fit? What other contraptions are out there that would make this man have a fit? I’d like to know.”
Do you think Donald Trump was in the right to be upset about Elizabeth Beck asking for a break to pump breast milk?
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