Trump’s Trouble With Women — Another Fatal Stumbling Block (TWEETS/VIDEO)

A still from the infamous video from 2005 in which Donald Trump is caught on camera declaring his perceived right to sexually assault women.

Donald Trump is an old hand at taking a reductive view of women. His political party’s current platform proposes legislation that runs roughshod over women’s reproductive rights. He also has made waves for driving former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to an eating disorder after she won the pageant, calling her Miss Piggy and more recently, offering the false and slanderous claim that she made a sex tape. It’s common knowledge that his first marriage, to Ivana Trump, was bollocksed because he cheated on her with Marla Maples, whom he later married. However, that marriage ended in divorce in 1999, owing to the pair “not seeing eye to eye.”

The year Donald Trump and Marla Maples divorced, Donald Trump contemplated a run for President of the United States in the following year’s national election. Apparently, the divorce proceedings must have been acrimonious, as Marla Maples reacted to the news by telling the London Telegraph:

“If he is really serious about being president and runs in the general election next year, I will not be silent. I will feel it is my duty as an American citizen to tell the people what he is really like.”

Trump and his attorney countered by running a smear campaign against her and withholding alimony to “send a message.”

At the time, Trump told news reporters about Marla:

“She’s pretty upset that she hasn’t been in the limelight. But she got a little limelight today. I guess she wants her day in the sun. It’s too bad the venom that she’s got, and I thought I was very nice to her. I’ve taken good care of her. But she’s got a lot of venom and it’s too bad. And it’s just not becoming of her, but I think she’ll probably be more responsible. I mean you have a confidentiality agreement; you’re not allowed to talk And she goes out and says, ‘I wouldn’t this, I wouldn’t that.’ So I say, ‘Why am I paying money to somebody that’s violated an agreement?’ But we’ll see what happens in the future and if in the future she continues I guess I’ll have to take very strong measures.”

Trump’s lawyer, Jay Goldberg added:

“The 15 minutes of glory ended when she left Donald’s side. So this is a perfect way to attract publicity. All of her actions stand for the proposition ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.’”Ms. Maples didn’t have the capacity to understand, participate, or take a role in the business world. The public is quite aware of the difference in capacity, mental capacity, between Marla Maples and Ivana Trump.”

More recently, Trump’s megalomaniacal misogyny has reared its ugly head repeatedly throughout his campaign for President of the United States. For example, an interview in which he intimated that pregnant women are an inconvenience for entrepreneurs resurfaced. Also, immediately after the first Presidential Debate on September 26, 2016, campaign manager Kellyanne Conway risked her job with a Freudian slip:

“I had thought Mr. Trump at different times tonight showed great restraint – more restraint than I may have – in the face of fire and lies, particularly at the end, where he literally could have gone there and made very clear that he came ready to say some rough things if [Clinton] was going to challenge him about his abuse — about his record on women.”

Even more troubling, in April 2016, a woman currently using the pseudonym “Jane Doe” filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein, a financier and pedophile who hosted wild parties with underage girls to whom he’d promised success in modeling and acting performing lewd acts, claiming that she was coerced into engaging in depraved sexual activities with the two men. Though the case has been dismissed twice, on September 30, she refiled in the Southern District of New York with an amended complaint and a new witness proceeding under the nickname “Joan Doe.” One week later, U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams called for a status conference hearing on December 16, 2016 at 11:30 am at the U.S. District Court.

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Not helping matters, the day Judge Abrams agreed to hear Jane Doe v. Donald John Trump and Jeffrey Edward Epstein, The Washington Post released a video recording of Donald Trump in 2005 having a lewd, chauvinistic conversation with then Access Hollywood correspondent Billy Bush (now a co-host of NBC’s Today). In the footage, Bush and Trump discuss women while aboard a bus on the set of the soap opera Days of Our Lives, amid much ogling and catcalling at the show’s female cast members, particularly Arianne Zucker:

TRUMP: “You know, and I moved on her, actually. You know she was down on Palm Beach.”

UNKNOWN: “She used to be great. She’s still very beautiful.”

TRUMP: “I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it.”

UNKNOWN: “Whoa.”

TRUMP: “I did try and fuck her. She was married.”

UNKNOWN: “That’s huge news!”

TRUMP: “No, no, Nancy… No, this was…and I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’

(laughter)TRUMP: I took her out, furniture. I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. She was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”

BUSH (noticing Arianne Zucker): “Sheesh! You’re girl’s hot as shit in the purple!”

VARIOUS: “Whoa! Yes! Whoa!”

BUSH: “Yes! The Donald has scored! Whoa! My man!

TRUMP: “Maybe it’s a different one.”

BUSH: “It better not be the publicist. No, it’s her. It’s…”

TRUMP: “Yeah, that’s her. With the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait.”

BUSH: “Whatever you want.”

TRUMP: “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

BUSH: (laughs) “Yeah, those legs. All I can see is the legs.”

TRUMP: “Oh, it looks good.”

BUSH: “Come on, shorty.”

TRUMP: “Oh, nice legs, huh?”

BUSH: “Oof, get out of the way, honey. Nice legs. Go ahead.”

TRUMP: “It’s always good if you don’t fall out of the bus, like Ford. Gerald Ford. Remember?”

Immediately after the conversation concluded, Trump and Bush stepped off the bus to be greeted by Ms. Zucker, who at the moment was blissfully unaware that the two were drooling over her.

Shortly after the story broke, The Hollywood Reporter identified the “Nancy” to whom Trump referred as Nancy O’Dell, who at the time was Billy Bush’s colleague on Access Hollywood. The day afterward, The New York Times reported that Jill Harth, a woman who ran a small Florida event company called American Dream Enterprise with her boyfriend, came forward and stated that during the time she, her boyfriend George Houraney and Donald Trump conducted business to have his hotels host their events, Trump repeatedly made unwanted sexual advances and tried to rape her in early 1993 amidst the signing of a contract for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

“I was admiring the decoration, and next thing I know he’s pushing me against a wall and has his hands all over me. He was trying to kiss me. I was freaking out.”

Though Harth got away, according to the lawsuit she filed in 1997, Trump continued to make sexual advances toward her.

“He’d say, ‘Let’s go in my room, I want to lie down,’ and he’d pull me along. I’d say, ‘I don’t want to lie down,’ and it would turn into a wrestling match. … I remember yelling, ‘I didn’t come here for this.’ He’d say, ‘Just calm down.’”

She also asserts that Trump pursued some of the female contestants in the beauty pageant, but scorned the black ones and made disparaging remarks about them

As Donald Trump continues to slide in the polls, the most recent revelations about his history with women may once and for all pulverize Donald Trump’s chances at being elected President.

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