Donald Trump Jr. Thinks Women Should GTFO Of The Workplace If They Can't Handle Harassment
Throughout the ups and downs of Donald Trump's presidential campaign, his children have been fiercely loyal and stood proudly by his side, regardless of who he insulted or what revolting behavior was uncovered. One of the most vocal has been the eldest Trump child, Donald Trump Jr. In fact, Trump Jr. may be more than a surrogates for good ol' dad, but a disciple. BuzzFeed uncovered a radio interview with Donald Trump Jr. discussing his office sexual harassment views, and he seems like a chip off the old block.
During an appearance on The Opie and Anthony Show in March 2013, the topic turned to whether women should be allowed in male-exclusive golf courses and clubhouse spaces. "The problem with women is they complain and they f--k it up," said one of the hosts. He added in a mock effeminate whiny voice, "They complain, 'it's harassment'" — prompting Trump Jr. to share his own views on harassment of women in the workplace:
If you can't handle some of the basic stuff that has become a problem in the workforce today, like, you don't belong in the workforce... Teach kindergarten. I think it's a respectable position —
To which one of the interviewers interjects, "And those little kids won't be offending you."
Trump Jr. continued:
You shouldn't be negotiating million dollar deals if you can't handle... But listen, there's a place you have to draw the line, but today, this stuff you get in trouble for, I wouldn't even think about.
Trump Jr. then proceeded to mock complaints of harassment. When one of the hosts said, "Wouldn’t it be funny if we showed tits and then Donald sued?" Trump Jr. responded:
I'd feel harassed! ... This is my get-rich-quick scheme. I’m now suing you guys because I feel uncomfortable.
You can listen to the episode in full, below:
Trump Jr.'s comments are not terribly surprising considering some of the remarks his father has made about women in the work place. In addition to infamously saying it was "disgusting" for a lawyer to request a break to pump breast milk and allegedly mocking a female employee for her weight, Trump's response to sexual harassment appears to be, simply, leave the company or move on.
"I think it's got to be up to the individual," Trump told USA Today when asked how he'd advise a woman suffering from office sexual harassment. “It also depends on what’s available. There may be a better alternative; then there may not. If there’s not a better alternative, then you stay. But it could be there’s a better alternative where you’re taken care of better.”
On how he would specifically advise his daughter, Ivanka, Trump said:
I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case.
His son, Eric, sounded worse on the issue, telling Charlie Rose on CBS This Morning, “Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she would not allow herself to be subjected to it.” Meanwhile, Ivanka appeared to the only family member to say you need to have protocols to respond to office harassment, telling Greta Van Susteren on Fox News' On The Record : "I think harassment in general, regardless, sexual or otherwise, is totally inexcusable and if it transpires it needs to be reported and it needs to be dealt with on a company level."
Earlier in the interview on The Opie and Anthony Show, Trump Jr. talked about his preference for "guys only" golf courses and clubhouses. "I don't know, I have a hard time letting go of that. Maybe I'm not going to have a choice," Trump Jr. said. Those words now seem oddly prescient considering the likely prospect his father will lose to the first woman to occupy a "guys only" space.