The apple apparently doesn’t fall far from the poison tree that is the Trump family.
Donald Trump’s comments on Fox News that he hoped his daughter Ivanka would “find another career or find another company” if she was sexually harassed at her job is another vault of tone deafness by the faux billionaire.
Trump’s son, Eric, came stumbling like a drunkard who had five too many libations to his father’s rescue on during an appearance on CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose. The younger Trump said, “Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected 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.”
The point which both Trumps missed is that Ivanka Trump lives a privileged life. For Trump to believe any woman who is sexually harassed can just pick up and leave her job is asinine and clueless to the state of an average American woman’s finances. How would either Trump expect a woman who has been harassed to leave their job if they are contractually unable to speak to future employers due to agreements they signed to begin their employment?
Further, it is flatly unreasonable for a woman to be forced to leave her career because a coworker decides to sexually harass her. The cesspool of misogyny deepens with Eric’s remarks that women who face sexual harassment “allow themselves to be objected to it,” – blatant victim blaming.
Women are refusing to tolerate this assault on their rights and credibility by two rich men. The backlash began with Megyn Kelly, one of several women who have come forward as victims of sexual assault at Fox News by former CEO Roger Ailes. She had no words for the shocking ignorance and misogyny.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) August 2, 2016
Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News host who quit her job to become the first sexual harassment victim to speak out, also weighed in.
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) August 2, 2016
I mean, Ivanka couldn’t even shield herself from being discussed lewdly by her own father. But she has a superpower that repels harassment?
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 2, 2016
https://t.co/Nw7EWYZ6tc This entire argument rests on the premise that if one is not a “strong woman”, one deserves sexual harassment.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) August 2, 2016
Seriously?! Somebody should kick him in the balls..tell him it looked way to inviting
The Trumps clearly do not understand that some women are forced to endure unrelenting abuse to keep their job, or that perpetrators will go to great lengths to scare their victims into silence.
American women, like all Americans, need a president who will hear their struggles and amplify their voices, not a man who will talk down to and demean them.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.