Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the US presidency, has a troubling history of questionable behavior around women in both private and professional settings, according to a new report.
An article in the New York Times published Saturday, based on more than 50 interviews with persons male and female who have interacted with the billionaire businessman socially or worked with him, reveals a pattern of often inappropriate behavior on the part of the presidential candidate.
“Unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary of the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women and unsettling workplace conduct” seem to have been part and parcel of Trump’s behavior over the past four decades, according to the report.
The incidents in question occurred at Trump Tower, on construction sites, at parties, at his home or backstage at beauty pageants once he bought the Miss Universe Organization.
The profile in the Times also details his encouragement of some women in their career path, and his promotion of some to very senior positions within his businesses.
When asked by the Times about the unflattering incidents, the billionaire candidate either denied they took place or took issue with the details.
“A lot of things get made up over the years,” Trump told the Times. “I have always treated women with great respect.”
A high-level executive who worked for Trump for 12 years recalled the night he told her he wanted to promote her to oversee the construction on Trump Tower.
According to Barbara Res, she was taken to Trump’s home, where he told her he wanted her to be his “Donna Trump” on the project at a time where few women held such positions.
“He said: You’re a woman in a man’s world. And while men tend to be better than women, a good woman is better than 10 good men. He thought he was complimenting me,” Res told the Times.
In another incident, Res describes Trump’s apropos-of-nothing comment on women from southern California during a business meeting.
“They take care of their asses,” she recalled him saying.
Res also said that he commented on her weight gain at one point, telling her, “you like your candy.”
A Miss Universe winner told the Times that she felt bullied and humiliated by Trump after gaining weight following her victory.
Still others said Trump was genuinely interested in helping them.
“I think there are mischaracterizations about him,” Jill Martin, assistant counsel at the Trump Organization, told the Times. “For me, he’s made it a situation where I can really excel at my job and still devote the time necessary for my family.”
Another beauty pageant contestant said Trump followed through on promises to provide contacts for career advancements.
On and off the campaign trail, Trump has used crass and abusive language — “bimbo,” “dog,” “fat pig” and other epithets — to denigrate women he dislikes, including Fox News’s Megyn Kelly.
The twice-divorced billionaire, who was celebrated for decades as one of New York’s most sought-after bachelors, has also admitted to cheating on his first wife with the woman who became his second.