With Donald Trump’s life under a microscope, more in-depth interviews from people who’ve personally known Trump are emerging. So are worldwide viewpoints of the American presidential race. As seen in the above photo, a graffiti rendering of Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin kissing in Vilnius, Lithuania, serves as the backdrop for a real-life couple kissing on Saturday, May 14.
However, it is Trump’s treatment of the women in his life that is in focus on Saturday as well. A woman named Rowanne Brewer Lane described meeting Trump years ago when she was a model. As reported by the New York Times, Rowanne was asked right away by Trump to change into a bikini so that Trump could parade her around other people in attendance at his pool party at Mar-a-Lago.
After that day, Lane — who was then 26 — began dating Trump the then 44-year-old in a whirlwind romance.
The New York Times profile, which is quite long and detailed, takes a close look at Trump and his relationships with the women in both his professional and personal lives.
Beyond Lane, a woman whom Trump dated in the early 1990s, other women from Trump’s early days were interviewed. The boarding school called New York Military Academy was a place Trump used to parade around the pretty women who visited Trump, earning him the nickname of “Ladies’ Man” in the 1964 yearbook.
Trump’s dad, Fred C. Trump, played an influential role in Donald’s treatment of the women in his life. Fred was a man who did not even want Ivana Trump ordering her own food in eateries. Donald admitted that his dad didn’t understand why Trump would hire a female, Barbara A. Res, in such an influential position in construction in the 1980s.
The underpinnings of Donald’s upbringing are pointed to as a means of understanding Trump today. Trump’s stay-at-home mom has been portrayed as the apple of his eye, with Donald admiring the way his mother “beautifully” handled the family and household situations when her husband had to drop everything to attend to business emergencies.
When Trump moved on to owning the Miss Universe Organization, it gave him a larger audience with women. One of those women was Miss Utah, Temple Taggart, who was 21-years-old in 1997 when Temple claimed Trump kissed her right on the lips upon meeting. Taggart also claimed Trump tried to get her to lie about her age, urging Taggart to tell others she was 17. Temple refused.
Tales of Trump choosing the contestants he found most attractive and judging them on an up close and personal basis and asking opinions of the other contestants from them left some of the women in tears.
Res described a business meeting wherein she says out of the blue Trump mentioned how well the women of Marina Del Ray took care of their butts. Res said Trump turned his vitriol on her upon noticing her weight gain, and mentioning how much Res loved candy.
However, one opinion Trump reportedly sought about the attractiveness of his own daughter was viewed as odd by the woman Trump asked.
“Mr. Trump frequently sought assurances — at times from strangers — that the women in his life were beautiful. During the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, he sat in the audience as his teenage daughter, Ivanka, helped to host the event from onstage. He turned to Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe at the time, and asked for her opinion of his daughter’s body.”
“‘Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?’ Ms. Lee recalled him saying. ‘I was like, ‘Really?’ That’s just weird. She was 16. That’s creepy.'”
From paying Ivana Trump a $1 yearly salary to boasts about Trump’s date with a Victoria’s Secret model, the actions of Trump have been called immature by some of those interviewed for the article.
"Mr. Trump says the world misunderstands his relationship with women" https://t.co/SqcHb1GJEy
— Meghan Morris (@MeghanEMorris) May 14, 2016
A former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, spoke of gaining weight and then being thrust into a media blitz that she didn’t want to attend. When she told Trump, Alicia said Trump told her that he didn’t care. The effects of the pressure to lose weight were long-lasting.
“After that episode, I was sick, anorexia and bulimia for five years. Over the past 20 years, I’ve gone to a lot of psychologists to combat this.”
[Photo by AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis]