Just as Donald Trump’s Khan crisis is slowly beginning to fade after he attacked the family of war hero who sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers, another controversy has popped up after the candidate said women could avoid sexual harassment by running away and changing careers.
Asked how he would feel if his daughter Ivanka were sexually harassed by a co-worker, the GOP presidential nominee replied with a simplistic answer: “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.”
Appearing on CNN’s New Day, Trump spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany was asked to defend Trump’s statement.
“I mean I think that that’s the same advice my father would probably give me. It’s the same advice I would give to my sister. Get away from the situation,” she replied. “If someone is harassing you, if someone’s being aggressive, move jobs, get away from the situation.”
CNN guest, attorney Richard Socarides, was quick to point out the flaw in McEnany’s reasoning.
“You’re entitled to work in an environment that is free from harassment, that is free from illegal activity, and one in which you are allowed to succeed based upon your merits,” he replied. “But, but more importantly here. I think that this remark, when I heard this remark, the first thing I thought about was Mitt Romney and that 47 percent because this remark, it exposes a worldview of things, exposes, you know, shows Donald Trump, the way he thinks about something. Of course he has always been the boss. And so I think he feels that he’s entitled to act however he wants.”
Socarides then went in for the kill, mentioning Fox News serial harasser Roger Ailes whom Trump has also been defending.
“I’m sure he also thinks that his friend Roger Ailes was viciously attacked by this woman. I think this shows a view of things that is pretty shocking.”
Watch the video below via Twitter:
— New Day (@NewDay) August 2, 2016
Trump campaign in danger of having lawsuits thrown out over unpaid legal bills: report
According to a report from Politico, Donald Trump's cash-strapped campaign is frantically attempting to collect settlements in legal disputes because it needs the money to fund other lawsuits that are in danger of being dismissed.
Noting that the campaign of the embattled president is pressing Omarosa Manigault Newman to make a delinquent $52,000 payment for writing an unauthorized book about White House doings, the report explains the money is desperately needed.
‘Women didn’t like that’: Fox News host grills GOP chairwoman after Trump interrupts ‘145 times’ at debate
Fox News host Sandra Smith pressed Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel on Thursday over the idea that President Donald Trump could be punished with a "mute button" after he repeatedly interrupted Democratic candidate Joe Biden at Tuesday's presidential debate.
During an interview on Fox News, Smith noted that the Commission on Presidential Debates is considering changing the rules due to the constant interruptions at the first debate between Biden and Trump.
"At any point when you were watching the debate, did you wish that perhaps President Trump didn't jump in there as much as he did?" Smith wondered.
Rod Rosenstein secretly crippled the Mueller investigation: report
According to a report from the New York Times, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had a hand in limiting the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Russians by secretly curtailing an FBI counterintelligence probe.
The report from Michael Schmidt of the Times begins by stating, "The Justice Department secretly took steps in 2017 to narrow the investigation into Russian election interference and any links to the Trump campaign, according to former law enforcement officials," before adding, "But law enforcement officials never fully investigated Mr. Trump’s own relationship with Russia, even though some career F.B.I. counterintelligence investigators thought his ties posed such a national security threat that they took the extraordinary step of opening an inquiry into them."