From The Washington Post:
In an interview published Monday, USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers asked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump: How would you feel if your daughter faced sexual harassment at work?
“I would like to think she would find another career or find another company,” Trump replied.
The question came after Trump had publicly defended former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes, who lost his job last month after more than two-dozen women accused him of making unwanted sexual advances or seedy comments. Trump told reporters he felt “very badly” about Ailes and goaded rumors that he might hire Ailes for his campaign.
Victim advocates quickly blasted Trump’s response, asserting many workers lack the financial resources to quit if they encounter threatening behavior in the office — and why should they have to upend their lives because of someone else’s illegal actions, anyway? Why shouldn’t the company punish the harasser?
Eric Trump backed his father Tuesday on the Charlie Rose show, insisting strong women are immune to such treatment: “I think what he’s saying is Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman. She wouldn’t allow herself to be subjected to it.”
Bridgette Stumpf, co-executive director at the Network for Victim Recovery of DC, said both Trumps’ comments send a troubling message to Americans.
“Saying that ultimately a woman’s presence or personality can impact whether or not they are harassed is akin to saying it is a woman’s fault for being sexually assaulted based on what she wore or drank,” she said. “And instead of placing blame on the person responsible for the wrongful behavior, he wants to say that women can just leave the workplace”
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