Trump has a history of questionable
behavior with women: NY Times
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[May 16, 2016]
(Reuters) - Interviews with dozens
of women who have worked for Donald Trump or interacted with him
socially reveal a pattern of often unsettling personal behavior by the
Republican presidential candidate, The New York Times reported on
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign
event at the Indiana Theater in Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S., May 1, 2016.
REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
The Times, which said it based the article on more than 50
interviews, quoted women who recounted episodes in which he treated
women as sexual objects and made comments about their bodies. But
some women said Trump had encouraged them in their careers and
promoted them within his businesses, often in positions in which
women tended to be excluded.
When asked about the unflattering incidents described in the
article, Trump either denied that they took place or disputed the
details, the newspaper said.
“A lot of things get made up over the years,” Trump told the Times.
“I have always treated women with great respect.”
A Trump representative did not immediately respond to a request by
Reuters for comment.
Barbara Res, who oversaw construction of Trump's Manhattan business
headquarters, said he would sometimes interrupt meetings with
comments about women's figures.
During a job interview for a Los Angeles project, for example, Trump
made a random aside about Southern California women. "They take care
of their asses," Res recalled Trump saying.
Years later, when Res says she had gained weight, she said Trump
told her: "You like your candy."
Even so, Res, who worked for Trump for 12 years before quitting and
then came back as a consultant for six more, said she was grateful
to Trump for her professional opportunities, though she said he
frequently called her "Honey Bunch," the Times reported.
Trump also earned a reputation for being seen with beautiful women
dating back to his days at a New York military-style boarding school
where he was named "ladies' man" in the yearbook, the Times
Barbara Fife, a deputy New York mayor in the 1990s, recalls Trump
telling her at her City Hall office that he was in a hurry because
he had "a great date tonight with a model for Victoria’s Secret,"
she told the Times.
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“I saw it as immature, quite honestly,” Fife was quoted as saying.
As a candidate, Trump has made frequent references to his record in
business as evidence of how American women would benefit if he is
elected. He has often said that no one “cherishes” or “respects”
women more than him.
Some of those interviewed praised Trump for giving women positions
“I think there are mischaracterizations about him,” Jill Martin,
assistant counsel at the Trump Organization, told the Times. “For
me, he’s made it a situation where I can really excel at my job and
still devote the time necessary for my family.”
The story comes less than two weeks after the last of Trump's
Republican rivals dropped out, all but assuring him the party's
presidential nomination this summer.
Throughout his improbable campaign, Trump has managed to deflect
criticism about his attitude to women, fueled by verbal insults he
lobbed at Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and former Republican
candidate Carly Fiorina.
(Reporting by Frank McGurty; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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