It’s no secret that Donald Trump has built an unfavorable reputation among women.
He has displayed misogynistic views on countless occasions, including insulting women’s physical appearances, name-calling, suggesting women should be punished for having abortions, and implying women are intellectually inferior, and so on and so forth.
A new lawsuit exposes more of his mistreatment of women, claiming he advised managers of his California-based Trump National Golf Club to fire women who weren’t “pretty enough.”
The lawsuit against the club, located in Rancho Palos Verdes, includes testimonies from former staff members who confirmed that female employees were required to live up to Trump’s beauty standards.
"I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were 'not pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women," the club's former director of catering Hayley Strozier said in court documents acquired by the Los Angeles Times.
Trump allegedly drilled this point so deeply into managers’ minds that they started actively scheduling their best-looking employees to work whenever Trump was slated to visit, Mic reports.
"One time he took me aside and said, 'I want you to get some good looking hostesses here. People like to see good looking people when they come in,'" recounted Sue Kwiatkowski, who previously managed the club’s restaurant.
Of course, the Trump Organization is denying these claims. They reportedly called the accusations “meritless” when contacted by the Los Angeles Times.
While it may not be a certainty that women were fired based on their looks, it’s documented that appearance was definitely considered when hiring them.
On an episode of "The Daily Show," host Trevor Noah shared a clip from 2007 when Trump made a speech at The Learning Annex in San Francisco.
He told a story about a young woman — who was standing beside him with his arm around her — in which he described how she came to work for him.
"My people came, they said, 'Mr. Trump, she has no experience,'" Trump says in the clip. "So I interviewed her anyway because she was so pretty. And I said, 'Let me ask you, do you have any experience?' She goes, 'No sir.' I said, 'When can you start?'"
With this proof of Trump’s superficial hiring process in addition to his poor track record with women, it isn’t a far-fetched idea that he would order women to be fired if they weren’t pleasing to his eyes.
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