Ivanka Trump defended her father, Donald Trump, the presumptive nominee against accusations of sexism.
The New York Times article referenced a deposition from a former employee who claimed that Donald Trump groped her under a table, an incident she described as being a “very traumatic incident.”
In an interview with CBS News, Ivanka Trump talked about her father’s accusations of sexism.
She goes on to describe how she feels about the New York Times article, stating, “I found it to be pretty disturbing, based on the facts as I know them.”
She also defends her father against allegations of sexual misconduct.
“Look, I’m not in every interaction my father has, but he’s not a groper,” Ivanka Trump told CBS host Norah O’Donnell. “It’s not who he is. And I’ve known my father obviously my whole life and he has total respect for women.”
Ivanka Trump: Donald Trump ‘is not a groper… he has total respect for women.’: Over the weekend, the New York Times… pic.twitter.com/PaiyGDFbdY— Justin Bieber (@JustinBiebrNY) May 19, 2016
Donald Trump responded to the New York Times article on Twitter by attacking the credibility of the publication and one of the authors of the article. He also describes his allegations of sexism as a witch-hunt in a series of tweets.
Michael Barbaro, the author of the now discredited @nytimes hit piece on me with women, has in past tweeted badly about me. He should resign— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2016
The failing @nytimes is greatly embarrassed by the totally dishonest story they did on my relationship with women.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2016
No wonder the @nytimes is failing—who can believe what they write after the false, malicious & libelous story they did on me.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2016
Over 50 women were interviewed by the @nytimes yet they only wrote about 6. That’s because there were so many positive statements.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2016
The writer of the now proven false story in the @nytimes, Michael Barbaro, who was interviewed on CBS this morning, was unable to respond.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 16, 2016
The New York Times article authors have stood by their reporting, stating that all the sources were vetted. One of the authors, Michael Barbaro, defended himself on Twitter, describing Trump as “fickle.”
Trump had this to say about me in our interview last week: "I will say recently Michael wrote very fairly, I have to be honest..." Fickle!— Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) May 18, 2016
Ivanka Trump talked about her father’s record with women by stating that he promoted women in his real estate business when it was uncommon to do so back in the 1980s.
Another topic of discussion was Donald Trump’s crude comments about women and alleged unwelcome advances on women in the workplace and with beauty pageants.
This week, a super PAC backing Democratic presidential leading nominee Hillary Clinton released an attack ad campaign aimed at Trump. The ad contains many of Donald Trump’s quotes about women, many of whom are public figures
Many believe the numerous allegations of sexism against Trump is enough to turn away women voters with whom he holds the lowest favorability in the race for the White House.
Recently, Melania Trump defended her husband, who has been compared to Hitler due to his suggestion that all Muslims be banned from entering the United States.
When asked, she responded by stating, “We know the truth. He’s not Hitler. He wants to help America. He wants to unite people. They think he doesn’t but he does. Even with the Muslims, it’s temporary.”
Donald Trump’s record with women is going to be under scrutiny during the presidential campaign when he battles with Hillary Clinton, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee. Trump’s campaign is going to have to focus on winning over women voters to secure the presidential nomination.
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