The New York Times reports that 26-year-old Elizabeth Mae Davidson, a former field organizer for Donald Trump’s campaign in Davenport, Iowa, just filed a gender discrimination suit with the Davenport Civil Rights Commission.
Davidson alleges that she was paid less than a man in the same position; she states she “was paid $2,000 a month and was classified as part-time because she also had a job as a paralegal,” yet “according to public filings, several men who held the same title…were paid $3,500 to $4,000 a month.”
Davidson also claims Trump remarked on her appearance: “When she and a young female volunteer met Mr. Trump at a rally last summer, he told them, ‘You guys could do a lot of damage,’ referring to their looks.”
Davidson was fired on January 14, due to what the campaign deems “disparaging comments about senior campaign leaders to third parties,” violating her nondisclosure contract. She has countered the accusations, claiming she in no way made disparaging comments to the media.
Trump has responded to Davidson’s accusations, primarily critiquing the New York Times for running the story on the day before the Iowa Caucus: “A story like this could damage my chances.”
He also stated that he did not make the alleged comments, declaring “That is not the worst thing that could be said. But I never said it. It’s not in my vocabulary.”
Contrary to what he claims, it's not difficult to believe Trump could make such remarks—he has a history of being sexist toward women. He has insulted Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton’s appearances; of Fiorina, he had this to say in September:
"Look at that face!" he cries. "Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!" The laughter grows halting and faint behind him. "I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not s'posedta say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"
Trump's issues with Fox News host Megyn Kelly are well-documented at this point. He has been biased against the anchor since she called him out for his sexist comments during the first Republican presidential debate. Trump recently referred to her as a “bimbo” and shamed her for taking a series of pictures in GQ magazine.
I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, because that would not be politically correct. Instead I will only call her a lightweight reporter!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2016
Trump is notoriously, disgustingly sexist on a regular basis, and then proceeds to defend any wrongdoing, so Davidson's claims seem well within the realm of possibility.
The Davenport civil rights agency will be investigating the issue.
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