Sexually harassed? “If there’s not a better alternative, then you stay.”
Ladies, if you’ve ever worried about being sexually harassed at work, Donald Trump has some advice for you: “If there’s no better alternative, then you stay.”
That handy (aka obnoxious, misogynist, ridiculous) understanding of the workplace and the problems women face came as Donald Trump’s campaign is trying to reverse the Republican presidential nominee’s historically high unfavorable ratings with women.
From the Washington Post:
“I think it’s got to be up to the individual,” Trump said in an interview. “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.”
It’s the woman’s problem, according to Trump. Very notably, he makes no mention of stopping the harasser or exercising ones’ legal rights which, under law, protect workers from this type of activity in the workplace.
The Post continues:
The Republican presidential nominee’s comments came after he drew criticism late Monday for an interview with USA Today in which he said that if his daughter Ivanka were sexually harassed it would be up to her to find a new situation. “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” Trump said.
This totally ignores the reality, of course, for many women who don’t other job options or millions of dollars in the bank, like Ivanka, to live on while they search for another job.
Even some women who do have lots of money available still find themselves subjected to harassment in some of our nation’s biggest and most prominent companies, not to mention obscure local ones.
High-profile Fox News anchors and reporters continue to make national headlines after their law suit and complaints against life-long Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes became public. He was forced out after those stories of his decades of sexual harassment and allegations that he propositioned women in exchange for consideration for jobs in his company and connected Republican campaigns and offices.
The Telegraph tracks Donald Trump’s anti-women remarks in their nifty online guide, “Donald Trump sexism tracker: Every offensive comment in one place.” Go ahead and browse that at work, your boss won’t mind.