There are a lot of labels that fit Donald Trump as a man but one that must enter any honest conversation about him is “sexual predator.” Even if he hadn’t proven to be a cruel and utterly incompetent president he still would be a monster and the numerous credible allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him really tell you everything you need to know about his shriveled soul. This is a man who belongs in prison, not the Oval Office.
As it turns out, getting elected president did little to curb Trump’s predatory habits. A new New Yorker profile of Fiona Hill, a former Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European and Russian Affairs on Trump’s National Security Council, offers some new insights into Trump’s behavior behind closed doors. True to his well-demonstrated misogynist nature, he refers to female White House staffers as “honey,” “sweetie,” and “darling.” He also apparently doesn’t hesitate to sexualize women whenever the urge strikes him.
Apparently, during foreign policy meetings, Trump showed little interest in what Jon Huntsman, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, had to say but often grew fixated on his daughter Abby, who worked at Fox News. “Let’s call Abby! Get her on the phone!” said the president during one such meeting.
This incident by itself wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy beyond serving as yet another reminder that Trump often ignores his own experts and puts far too much stock in television personalities, but The Daily Beast’s Lachlan Markay put it into a more disturbing context by comparing the New Yorker passage to one from a book written by him and Asawin Suebsaeng.
Markay and Suebsang describe an occasion during which Trump ogled Huntsman’s wife, looking her up and down before remarking: “Now I know how Abby lost all her baby weight so fast!” The Huntsmans weren’t sure how to respond to Trump’s “passive lechery” but they soon figured out what had happened. “In one short sentence, the president had managed to ogle both the daughter and the wife of one of his most important diplomats,” write Markay and Suebsang.
The incredibly creepy behavior isn’t exactly surprising given what we know of Trump, but it does show that his predatory behavior isn’t just despicable on a personal level, it can actively get in the way of good governance. Alienating an important ambassador for no reason beyond the sick thrill he presumably got from his remark is inexcusable and further proof that this man should be nowhere near the reins of power.
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