The fact that Ivanka Trump had to address this issue is both hilarious and a tragic example of the state of our political discourse—Donald Trump’s daughter was forced to clarify in an interview with “CBS This Morning” that her father is not a groper.
The New York Times put out a detailed piece on Trump’s history of misogyny, interviewing dozens of women who recounted their sexist experiences with Trump. One of these women claimed Trump groped her under a table during the ‘90s.
Trump’s team, predictably, was up in arms about this article, and Ivanka Trump decided to confront the matter.
She declared that, “Look, I’m not in every interaction my father has, but he’s not a groper. It’s not who he is. And I’ve known my father obviously my whole life and he has total respect for women.”
She continued that she “found [the story] to be pretty disturbing, based on the facts as I know them, and obviously I very much know them, as a daughter and an executive who’s worked alongside him for more than a decade.”
Trump himself has called for the reporter of the NYT article, Michael Barbaro, to resign, also claiming that Barbaro “tweeted badly” about him previously.
Michael Barbaro, the author of the now discredited @nytimes hit piece on me with women, has in past tweeted badly about me. He should resign— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 18, 2016
Trump’s sexist history with women has been well-documented, so the allegations brought forth by the NYT are not shocking in the least. Just during this campaign season, we have seen him insult Carly Fiorina, Megyn Kelly, and Hillary Clinton, going as far as to call Kelly a “bimbo.”
These misogynistic attacks will only ramp up as Trump battles Clinton in the general election—Ivanka Trump won’t be able to defend her father’s remarks for much longer.
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