In an interview with "CBS This Morning," the son of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump seemed to think that women allowed sexual harassment to occur.
Eric Trump was responding to a comment his father made in a USA Today piece, in which he said that his daughter Ivanka would either find a different career or job if she was harassed in the workplace.
"I think what he's saying is, Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn't allow herself to be objected to it," the younger Trump said. "And by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources, and I think she would as a strong person, at the same time, I don't think she would allow herself to be subjected to that. I think that's a point he was making, and I think he did so well."
One in three women gets sexually harassed in the workplace, according to a survey last year. That doesn't even include the recent statistics contributed by Fox News's sexual harassment scandal.
Out of the one-third who said they experienced sexual harassment at work, only 29 percent reported the incident. One of the reasons women don't report the incident is out of fear that the problem won't be resolved, according to the Human Rights Library at the University of Minnesota. Another reason is that they fear that they'll be blamed for the incident, something often seen among survivors of rape.
Unlike the Trump family, many women don't have a choice where they can work, particularly in an economy that is still struggling. Similarly, putting the onus on the person wronged to find another job does little to punish the harasser while the harassed is forced to move on searching for a safe work environment.
When asked to explain the comments, Trump spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany got flat out schooled by other CNN panelists.
Perhaps that's why women and men took to Twitter to slam his comments as hypocritical and naive.
Sigh. https://t.co/dj6rtOa8ta— Megyn Kelly (@Megyn Kelly)1470145271.0
Sad in 2016 we're still victim blaming women. Trust me I'm strong. #StandWithGretchen https://t.co/e2GxTaHZLN— Gretchen Carlson (@Gretchen Carlson)1470149684.0
Since Eric Trump thinks that people bring on sexual harassment themselves, I'd like to invite him to go fuck himself.— Zoey Bartlet-Young (@Zoey Bartlet-Young)1470147253.0
"She was asking for it. A strong cheetah would never allow itself to be subjected to getting shot." -@EricTrump https://t.co/0df30bELnW— Full Frontal (@Full Frontal)1470154484.0
I mean, Ivanka couldn't even shield herself from being discussed lewdly by her own father. But she has a superpower that repels harassment?— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith)1470146618.0
Eric says Ivanka wouldn't let herself be sexually harassed. Toxic masculinity runs in the Trump family, it seems. https://t.co/7UaWoFPmbn— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith)1470146298.0
Eric Trump: The 1 of 3 American women who've been harassed were basically asking for it. https://t.co/oYDHj7i67y— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP)1470142943.0
Eric Trump says Ivanka is too strong and powerful to be harassed. Remember when Ivanka's dad said he'd date her on national tv?— Erin We're Screaming Merry Christmas Again Ryan (@Erin We're Screaming Merry Christmas Again Ryan)1470144898.0
Donald Trump's sexist son Eric Trump believes women ALLOW themselves to be sexually harassed. #fem2 #ImWithHer https://t.co/f0OxXIxtnz— Jon Hutson (@Jon Hutson)1470145916.0
Eric Trump...born on third, thought he hit a triple. https://t.co/kc0DqYbpk6— BitchIsTheNewBlack (@BitchIsTheNewBlack)1470147323.0
@NorahODonnell @EricTrump I see. So shaming and blaming victims of sexual harassment is the latest Trumpian twist. And "objected." Sigh.— Cheeto Mussolini (@Cheeto Mussolini)1470147263.0
Seriously?! Somebody should kick him in the balls..tell him it looked way to inviting 😑 https://t.co/CNiWmBNe62— Erica 🐾 (@Erica 🐾)1470149491.0
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