Donald Trump isn't exactly known for his tasteful rhetoric. And if you weren't painfully aware of that fact before he entered the 2016 presidential race ... well, you certainly are now. The Donald has been offending people left and right over the last few months, making flagrant comments pretty much on a weekly basis. But here's his latest gem: A mother is claiming that Trump called her "disgusting," allegedly over a breast pump break she asked to take during a deposition hearing. According to The New York Times, the incident happened back in 2011, but the woman involved is making sure the incident stays on voters' radar.
The mother whom Trump offended was Elizabeth Beck, a lawyer who originally met with the businessman and former Apprentice star while handling a lawsuit over a failed real estate project. In an interview with the Times on Tuesday, Beck claimed that Trump grew agitated while being questioned for two hours, and at one point even told her that her questions were "very stupid." But Beck saw Trump's real ire, she said, when she asked to take a brief break from questioning to pump.
Now, if you've ever pumped, or know someone who has, you know that the body doesn't temporarily stop producing milk to accommodate a meeting running long. It was apparently for that very reason that Beck explained the break was more or less non-negotiable. She had to pump her breast milk now, and she claims she only took out her breast pump to drive that point home, after Trump and his lawyers seemed to think she was intentionally prolonging the deposition process.
What happened next, though, hasn't been disputed by either side. In an interview on Wednesday with CNN's New Day, Beck said, "He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, 'You're disgusting, you're disgusting,' and he ran out of there."
One of Trump's lawyers, Alan Garten, didn't deny the whole "you're disgusting" remark, but when speaking with the Times, he did argue how it came about. "It was in no way a statement about her decision to breast-feed or pump," said Gartner. Rather, it was "solely the fact that she was appearing to do it in the middle of a deposition." Still, the Times reports that no one involved ever suggested Beck had gone beyond simply displaying the pump.
News of the incident surfaced on Tuesday, and by Wednesday, Trump had already responded in an interview with CNN. His defense? He didn't take issue with the pumping exactly — just where the mom allegedly wanted to do it. "She wanted to breast pump in front of me and I may have said that's disgusting, I may have said something else. I thought it was terrible," Trump claimed, before adding, "She's a vicious, horrible person."
Bustle reached out to the Trump Organization for a statement Thursday, but a rep said they had no further comment. (When you've called someone "vicious" and "horrible," what else is there to say?)
Here are five other times Trump has shocked us all with his public statements.
1. When He Called Mexican Immigrants "Drug Dealers And Rapists"
Presidential announcement speeches don't usually sear themselves into the national consciousness, but on June 16, Trump's epic diatribe certainly did. Though he went on for a while on a slew of different topics, chances are you only remember this unbelievable soundbite, rattled off while talking about immigration policy reform:
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best; they’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Yeah, because that's not incredibly offensive and racist on multiple levels. And as the Washington Post later pointed out, Trump's comments were also wildly untrue. There are plenty of studies that prove natural-born Americans commit just as many crimes as immigrants do each year in the U.S.
2. That Time He Accused President Obama Of Not Being An American
OK, so it wasn't just one time that Trump insisted the president was lying about his citizenship. It was more like a million times, and over the course of several years. In fact, Trump pretty much spearheaded the "birther" movement in America, which consisted of several high-profile republicans who claimed that President Obama couldn't have been born in Hawaii, as he claimed. Even after the president produced his long-form birth certificate in 2011, Trump still had his doubts. Let us not forget this head-shaker of a tweet, which he sent out one year after the issue should have been put to bed:
3. When He Started A Feud With Rosie And Got Real Personal
Remember that whole scandal with Miss USA Tara Conner back in 2006? (If you need a refresher, the beauty pageant winner admitted to using cocaine and nearly lost her crown.) At the time, everyone was talking about it — which is why Rosie O'Donnell brought it up while co-hosting The View . Of course, she had some choice words about the Donald, criticizing his reaction to the scandal, and claiming that he wasn't exactly a "moral compass."
But The Donald hit back hard, and took things to a very personal place. In an interview, he told The Insider:
Rosie O'Donnell's disgusting both inside and out. You take a look at her, she's a slob. She talks like a truck driver, she doesn't have her facts, she'll say anything that comes to her mind. Her show failed when it was a talk show, the ratings went very, very, very low and very bad, and she got essentially thrown off television. I mean she's basically a disaster.
Hmm ... he really loves the word "disgusting," doesn't he?
4. When He Said John McCain Wasn't A War Hero
Let's just set the record straight here: No one's ever disputed that during the Vietnam war, John McCain saw some sh*t. The Arizona senator's plane was shot down in North Vietnam back in 1967, leading McCain to spend five years as a prisoner of war.
But while addressing the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, July 18, Trump claimed otherwise. "He is not a war hero," he told the crowd. "He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured, OK."
What is that even supposed to mean?! If McCain wasn't captured, he'd somehow earn more of Trump's respect? The Donald's offensive comments are even tougher to swallow when you consider the fact that Trump himself never served in the military, due to several draft deferments.
5. When He Called Bette Midler Ugly For Literally No Reason At All
Ugh. If you're seeing a pattern here at all with Trump — besides the straight-up douchey nature of basically everything he says — is that he seems to have a bit of a thing for demeaning women in particular. And his attacks aren't just about things they've said or done, either. Nope, Trump likes to hit way below the belt, and criticize appearances for no good reason at all. Take this unsolicited attack on Bette Midler back in 2012:
There you have it — some of Trump's most unfounded, offensive, and ridiculous statements made so far. With the 2016 race isn't even officially in full swing yet, can you imagine what else he's going to come out with?
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