A lot of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's campaign has rested on his "skills" as a businessman: his ability to lead, manage, and above all, provide people with good jobs.
But you have to be careful making these kinds of claims. They tend to prompt the real-life people you've led, managed, and, erm, fired, to come forwards with a bit of a fact-check. Especially the real-life women. Trump's daughter Ivanka might say he "understands" women. But the women who've worked for him beg to differ.
(So do their many lawsuits.)
A pregnant employee. A supervisor at a golf club. A married waitress. These women alleged mistreatment. https://t.co/qzYr2sSVS0
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY)
Valerie McMorris: cocktail waitress, Trump Taj Mahal
In an exclusive essay for Refinery29, McMorris explains that for years, working at the Taj Mahal seemed like a good deal.
There were, of course, warning signs. "The job interview was a crapshoot. For every 30 women who auditioned, only one would make it. We stood arranged in groups of 25, wearing bathing suits and high heels."
But she got the job, and for a while, felt like she was part of a family. "Trump employees were made to feel special, like a family, and we enjoyed countless perks," she writes.
Then, things changed. "After 2004, we received zero raises and lost our paid personal days. Then, in 2014, when I had been on the job for 24 years, we were stripped of our health care, pension and severance contribution, and paid breaks."
McMorris has "personally lived through Trump's economy".
"Mine was one of the middle-class jobs Trump created, then subsequently destroyed…I see now that the opulence and glamour were all just bait," she said.
"When Trump promises jobs in the future, I don't believe him. I know, from experience, that they will be the same working-poor jobs he created for me in Atlantic City."
Hayley Strozier: catering director, Trump National Golf Club
Strozier testified in a lawsuit against the club, reports the Los Angeles Times.
"I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were 'not pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” she states.
"The most attractive women were scheduled to work when Mr. Trump was scheduled to be at the club."
Trump had a notable bias against "fat people" Strozier adds, stating two of his staff representatives approached her about firing the same employee, based solely on her appearance.
Barbara Res: executive, Trump Organization
In an interview with Rolling Stone back in March of this year, Res describes her experiences working closely with Trump in a leadership role. She says she was "not surprised" to hear of his more sexist moments, and recalls a project where their team was involved in a project negotiation.
"There was a very, very important woman on the side of the group that was opposing us, and Donald had to have lunch with her. He said she was very, very ugly and he didn't want to be seen sitting alone with her on his perch at the Plaza Hotel, so he made me go to the meeting with him."
She does say he was equally tough on both sexes—"He always used to criticize men and women. He was very tough on fat people"—but she observed an increase in the way he objectified women.
"I think he started disparaging women a lot when he started going through his financial problems."
Hardly reassuring to hear about someone going for one of the world's most high-pressure jobs.
Katherine Walker: Former producer, The Apprentice
Walker recently told Associated Press that Trump freely bantered about which contestants might be "a tiger in bed".
He would also target employees he found attractive, including one camera operator in 2003.
"He said something like she was cute and she had a nice ass, and it was brought to my attention by someone else that he had a crush on her," Walker says.
"We all knew, so that's uncomfortable in and of itself. I remember it being too much, that he made it obvious."
A former contestant on the show, Tyana Alvvarado, says his attitudes were par for the course. "Most men have to behave because they are in a workplace, but he could do what he wanted," she says.
"In all jobs, people have to sign sexual harassment paperwork, but Mr. Trump was putting on a TV show so he got to do it."
Objectifying, belittling, and insulting women. Repeatedly abusing his position of power. The very bad stories about Trump keep adding up, and that's before we even get to the disgusting comments released last week.
Surely we're going to hit breaking point soon And personally, I hope it happens before voting day.