Earlier this week, President Donald Trump interrupted his call with Irish Prime Minster Leo Varadkar to ogle female reporter who happened to be in the Oval Office.
“She has a nice smile on her face,” Trump told Varadkar of Irish reporter Caitríona Perry, who was in the Oval Office filming the call. “So I bet she treats you well.”
During a CNN panel on Wednesday, guests debated whether Trump’s flirtation with the reporter was innocent — or whether there was something more sinister involved.
Symone Sanders, the former press secretary for Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, said she was not surprised by Trump’s behavior since we’ve seen in the past that he objectifies women and makes inappropriate comments about their appearances — even in professional settings.
“This is how Donald Trump always acts when there are women in the room,” she said. “It was condescending, it was just creepy! Why was the President of the United States picking out reporters who just happened to be aesthetically pleasing, and calling them over, and telling them they’ve got a nice smile?”
Nan Hayworth, who serves as a member of Trump’s presidential advisory board, disputed Sanders’ characterization and said that he had “incredible charm.”
“This was just Donald Trump… being the kind of guy who will notice when someone has a lovely smile,” she said. “I don’t think that there’s any harm to it.”
Sanders, however, wouldn’t accept this talking point — and shamed Hayworth for whitewashing Trump’s long history of inappropriate behavior, including the boasts about committing sexual assault that were captured on the infamous Access Hollywood tape.
“Never forget that the president grabbed vaginas, and he talked about it afterward,” Sanders thundered.
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