Donald Trump’s Comments On Sexual Harassment Show How Blind He Really Is
At this point, no one expects Donald Trump to say anything good, helpful, or even forgettable about women. He previously defended former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, who’s been accused of sexually harassing multiple women over the years, and when he clarified his answer after finding out it was more than just one woman accusing Ailes, Trump showed how blind he is to what real people go through. Trump’s comments on sexual harassment are so off-base because they ignore the fact that most people actually depend on their job to survive, meaning most victims of such abuse don’t have an easy way out.
When asked by USA Today’s Kirsten Powers what if his oldest daughter, Ivanka, had been sexually harassed the way Ailes’ alleged victims say they were, Trump said, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.” Aside from making it the woman’s responsibility to fix the situation instead of the people actually doing the harassing (which is illegal and just disgusting), Trump’s answer proved that he sees every issue through his billionaire goggles. Ivanka could easily walk away from an employer, job, or even career if she wanted to, because she’s rich and doesn’t really need a job. Very few women have that luxury.
While sexual harassment happens on every level and in every profession, it’s most common in low-wage jobs or situations where women are somewhat trapped. Among female restaurant workers, 80 percent report being sexually harassed on the job, according to a report from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. Undocumented female workers, many of whom also work in the food industry, are extremely vulnerable to harassment too because their employers know they can’t go to the police or easily get another job.
Trump has lived in a wealthy bubble all his life, and without trying to understand how the rest of Americans live, he simply can’t understand what low- and middle-income workers go through every day — especially low- and middle-income female workers. He clearly wouldn’t do anything to make the workplace safer and more fair for women if elected president, because he believes women should be able to deal with it on their own.
In the same victim-blaming tone as his father, Eric Trump told CBS This Morning Tuesday, “Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman. She wouldn’t allow herself to be objected [sic] to it.” Apparently the whole family thinks women who are sexually harassed at work are just weak little females whose problems would be solved if they stood up for themselves. The sad truth (that the Trump family can’t seem to get into their sexist brains) is that many women are harassed by their superiors and the very people they would report such abuse to.
If the Trumps insist on being in the public eye and running for office, I’m going to have to ask that they stop talking about women and issues that primarily affect women all together. K, thx.