Donald Trump’s 30 year history of blatant sexism

It is a well-known fact that Donald Trump has said quite a few sexist remarks about women over the last couple decades.


In light of the recently uncovered comments made by Trump and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, both Anderson Cooper and Megan Kelly called Trump out on his offensive actions during the second presidential debate.

“You bragged that you have sexually assaulted women. Do you understand that?” Cooper asked Trump. Trump replied, “No. I didn’t say that at all.” He claims this was “locker room talk.”

Kelly also reminded him, “You have called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs’, ‘dogs’, ‘slobs’, and ‘disgusting animals.'”

Trump then claimed he doesn’t have time for political correctness.

Cooper asked Trump if he had ever groped or forced himself upon women. “No one has more respect for women than I do,” he claimed. Cooper asked him again. “I have tremendous respect for women,” Trump repeated. Cooper asked Trump, firmly, a third time. He finally responded, rather quickly, “Women have respect for me. And I will tell you, no, I have not.”

He then swerved to the topic of his secret plan to defeat ISIS and named many of their torture methods.

This is not the first time Trump, has made extremely offensive and disturbing comments about women.

Let’s start from the beginning of the allegations against Trump:

1980Jessica Leeds told the New Yorker that she sat next to Trump in first class on an airplane in which he tried to grab her breast and attempted to put his hand up her skirt. Trump denied all accounts of this ever taking place.

1990: In a Vanity Fair interview, Trump made a disturbing claim about his then-wife, Ivana. “I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?”

1991: Trump spoke to esquire magazine about the media stating, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [they] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.” So, according to him, it doesn’t matter what anyone says as long as you have a women to exploit sexually and mentally.

1992-1993: Jill Harth, a professional makeup artist, first met Trump in 1992 when she and her then-husband made a business proposal for a beauty pageant. Later that December, she was attending a dinner for the beauty pageant at the Trump tower where he allegedly groped her under the table. After the business concluded and the pageant was over, Harth and her husband and a couple of pageant participants went on a tour of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. He then “wanted to “see the quality of the girls he was sponsoring”, Harth recalled – when he pulled her aside into one of the children’s bedrooms. Harth claims that he “pushed me against a wall and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again.” She told his to stop multiple times until he finally did. According to her, Trump’s campaign tried to get her to repeal her accusation earlier this year when a New York Times article came out recalling some of Trump’s recent sexual harassment allegations, including Harth’s. She then filed a sexual harassment lawsuit in 1997, then had it repealed. Her statement, however, has remained consistent for nearly 20 years.

1993: Within the book “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump”, Ivana explained that one day while angry about some botched scalp reduction surgery, Trump ripped her hair out, tore her clothes off, and raped her. Trump’s lawyer denied these claims saying that spousal rape is impossible, which is completely untrue. She later stated, “I referred to this as a ‘rape,’ but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”

1997: He claims that all women are gold diggers. According to Trump: The Art of Comeback he claims that all women are basically gold diggers.

“There are basically three types of women and reactions. One is the good woman who very much loves her future husband, solely for himself, but refuses to sign the agreement on principle. I fully understand this, but the man should take a pass anyway and find someone else. The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker she’s got in her grasp. There is also the woman who will openly and quickly sign a prenuptial agreement in order to make a quick hit and take the money given to her.”

Maybe in your experience, Donald, but please do not assume that all women use men for money.

1997: Miss Vermont Teen USA told Buzzfeed that during the pageant, Trump would frequently enter the changing room when he was the owner. He would often enter when the teen girls, as young as 14, were in the midst of changing, some topless, some completely naked.

1997: Another account of a pageant mishap occured when he entered the dressing room of Miss Universe 2001 and asked the reigning Miss Universe Brooke Antoinette Mahealani Lee about his daughter Ivanka. Mahealani Lee recalls Trump saying, “‘Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?.'” 

1997: Once more, Trump was caught preying on pageant stars. Temple Taggart, Miss Utah, told the New York Times, “He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, ‘Oh my God, gross.’ He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like, ‘Wow, that’s inappropriate.'”

2003: Mindy McGillivray was helping a photographer friend take photos at a concert hosted in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, when he reportedly came up from behind and grabbed her butt. A representative of Trump’s campaign denied these allegations.

2004: It’s unsure if 2004 was the exact time all of his crude comments toward the contestants of his reality show The Apprentice, but it was around this period. Trump has repeatedly been accused of treating women extremely disrespectfully. He has been accused of talking about women’s breast sizes, comparing women, forcing competition based upon looks, discussed which contestants he would want to sleep with, stated all the women on the show flirted with him “unconsciously or consciously”, asked the males to rate women based on their sexual appeal, singled out the camera operator for being “beautiful”, made comments about a production assistant (‘Who’s that hot little girl running around?’), and made comments about women’s menstrual cycles.

2005: Aside from his crude comments made on the Access Hollywood bus, a Howard Stern interview with Trump revealed a disturbing statement made by him. “I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed,” he boasted. “No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. … And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.” He then said it was his “obligation” to sleep with the contestants.

2006: On an interview with The View, the interviewer asked Trump what he would think about Ivanka, his daughter, posing for Playboy. “I don’t think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure,” he said in seemingly all seriousness. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” A Trump representative later said he was joking, that he was poking fun at his tendency to date younger women.

2006: It is well known that Trump and Rosie O’Donnell, comedian and one of the hosts of The View, do not have the greatest relationship. The first time Trump said something about O’Donnell was on TV show Entertainment Tonight. “Rosie O’Donnell is disgusting, both inside and out,” he said. “If you take a look at her, she’s a slob. How does she even get on television? If I were running The View, I’d fire Rosie. I’d look her right in that fat, ugly face of hers and say, ‘Rosie, you’re fired.'” Even more disturbing is how he made a particularly offensive comment toward the LGBT+ community. “Rosie’s a person who’s very lucky to have her girlfriend. And she better be careful or I’ll send one of my friends over to pick up her girlfriend, why would she stay with Rosie if she had another choice?”

2007: Trump, according to Slate, tried to remove Nancy O’Dell removed from owning the Miss Universe Pageant 2007. He also said he attempted to have sex with O’Dell, who was pregnant at the time. “I did try to [explicit] her. She was married,” he said on leaked audio.

2007: Everyone knows Angelina Jolie to be an American beauty, talented both inside and out. Trump, however, does not seem to think so. On Larry King’s CNN show he said with all confidence, “I really understand beauty. And I will tell you, she’s not – I do own Miss Universe. I do own Miss USA. I mean I own a lot of different things. I do understand beauty, and she’s not.”

2009: Probably the most notorious of Trumps actions while owning Miss Universe was “The Trump Rule.” Miss California, Carrie Prejean, recalled an extremely unnerving memory of Donald Trump’s ability to pit women against each other. An audio recording obtained by TMZ of her recollection was released to public media. The audio tape said, “Donald Trump walked out with his entourage and inspected us closer than any general ever inspected a platoon. He would stop in front of a girl, look her up and down, and say, “Hmmm.” Then he would go on and do the same thing to the next girl. He took notes on a little pad as he went along.” After he did this, Trump said:

“O.K. I want all the girls to come forward.” … Donald Trump looked at Miss Alabama. “Come here,” he said. She took one more step forward. “Tell me, who’s the most beautiful woman here?” Miss Alabama’s eyes swam around. “Besides me?” she said. “Uh, I like Arkansas. She’s sweet.” “I don’t care if she’s sweet,” Donald Trump said. “Is she hot?” … It became clear that the point of the whole exercise was for him to divide the room between girls he personally found attractive and those he did not. Many of the girls found the exercise humiliating. Some of the girls were sobbing backstage after he left, devastated to have failed even before the competition really began to impress “The Donald.”

Donald Trump clearly show absolutely no respect for women of any kind. His deliberate and unending sexism is an atrocious example of everything women have been fighting against for hundreds of years.

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