Hillary Clinton has been breaking new ground and fighting for women her entire career. Before she made history becoming the first female nominee of a major party for president, Hillary led the U.S delegation to the U.N Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, where she proclaimed that “women’s rights are human rights.” As a senator from New York, she championed the Paycheck Fairness Act to help close the pay gap between women and men.
As President, Hillary will build on her record of fighting for women because although there has been tremendous strides when it comes to expanding opportunities for women there’s still much more work to be done. Donald Trump, however, has a very different record — he has spent his life, and this campaign, demeaning women.
Throughout this campaign, we’ve seen many examples of Trump’s alarming words and deeds towards women like his revolting comments on a bus caught on tape, his repeated behavior insulting and degrading women who stood up to him, his bragging about walking in on nude pageant contestants, some of whom were apparently under aged, his jokes objectifying women, and more.
It’s clear Trump’s dangerous proposals would take us backwards. Over the course of the campaign, we’ve watched Trump dismiss women in the workplace and say that women who choose to have abortions should be “punished.”
Trump’s policies on women and dangerous rhetoric have demonstrated he is unfit to be President of the United States. With one week left of the presidential campaign, here is a recap of Trump’s history of belittling and bullying women:
MISOGYNISTIC AND OFFENSIVE RHETORIC
Trump has talked disparagingly about women — calling them pigs and rating their bodies on a 1 to 10 scale. From his revolting nicknames to his lewd comments, Trump’s rhetoric about women is inexcusable.
- Trump: referred to a pageant contestant as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping,” and then doubled down years later saying “she gained a massive amount of weight.”
- Trump on Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face! … Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!”
- Trump: “A person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10,” he told Howard Stern.
- Trump: “But whenever she sees me, she kisses my ass. She’s disgusting.”
- Trump: “There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife.”
- Trump: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
- Trump: “[I]t doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass
- Trump: It is “rare” that women are both “very beautiful” and have high IQs
- Trump: “Did you see that woman? She had an amazing body, but a schoolmarm’s face”
- Trump on women: “You have to treat ‘em like shit.’”
- Trump on Hillary Clinton: “Do you think she looks presidential? I don’t think so”
WRONG ON WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE
Donald Trump has a long history of demeaning women in the workplace and has said that “putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing” – so it’s no surprise that he has a bad record when it comes to hiring women and supporting equal pay.
- Trump’s campaign staff was 75 percent men.
- Trump’s campaign paid women less than men.
- When Trump was asked why his campaign paid women less than men, he replied that in his business salaries were based on “talent.”
- Trump’s public companies have had very few women in senior roles: only 6 of 59 of Trump’s casino executives were women.
- Trump to a young women asking about equal pay: “You’re going to make the same if you do as good a job”
- Trump on what employing mothers can mean for a business: “She’s not giving one hundred percent, she’s giving me eighty-four percent”
- Trump said pregnancy was an “inconvenience” for employers
- Trump called a working mother “disgusting” for requesting a break to go pump breast milk
- Trump claimed to offer childcare for his employees, but it was actually a program for resort guests
WRONG ON REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM
Donald Trump opposes basic reproductive rights and even said he believes women should be subject to “punishment” for having an abortion.
- Trump on whether women should be punished for having abortions: “There has to be some form of punishment”
- Trump would appoint Supreme Court justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade “automatically” if he’s elected
- Trump called for shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood
- Trump called requiring contraceptive coverage in the Affordable Care Act “very bad.”
MINIMIZING PROBLEM OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Trump’s preferred way of talking about women appears to extend into the Trump Organization as well, spurring a raft of discrimination and harassment lawsuits against Trump and his companies.
- At least 20 lawsuits accused Trump and his companies of discriminating against women, ignoring sexual harassment or participating in harassment
- Two former Trump employees allege they were fired after complaining about harassment at work
- One former Trump employee says she was fired for complainingabout discrimination after she became pregnant
- Trump suggested women who were sexually harassed should find another job
- On sexual assault in the military, Trump said “what did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together”
UNDER FIRE FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT
Trump has bragged about sexually assaulting women and suggests that his determination of whether or not a woman is worth assaulting is based on their attractiveness.
- Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women
- Trump claimed to be the victim but multiple women say Trump’s words match his behavior
- Twelve women have publicly accused Trump of sexual assault
- Trump said the sexual assault described on tape was just “locker room talk“
- Trump lashed out at women accusing him of sexual assault and said his accusers were not attractive enough to assault
- Trump said his accusers were “sick” and coming forward for fame or money
- Trump promised to sue his accusers