Does Donald Trump have a problem with women?
Donald Trump – “I respect women I love women I cherish women.”
That was Trump at a campaign event in October.
And he says the same thing in pretty much every campaign speech he makes.
But The New York Times did a front page story this weekend, alleging decades of what the paper called ‘unsettling’ conduct by the mogul turned Presidential candidate.
Times reporters talked to dozens of women including a former girlfriend of Donald Trump, Rowanne Brewer Lane.
She met Trump at a pool party at his Mar-a-Lago estate in the 90s.
He quickly asked her to change into a bikini and praised her as quote ‘a stunning Trump girl’.
The Times called that a ‘debasing encounter’.
But Rowanne Brewer Lane says that’s not true at all.
Listen to what she told me last night on my CNN show.
Rowanne Brewer Lane –
“My experience with Donald Trump is absolutely just straight up. He was a gentleman. He was thoughtful. He was kind. He was generous. He was a gentleman. You know? And he and I had a lot of fun together. I didn’t have a negative experience.”
Another woman quoted in the Times story was a former Trump construction executive, Barbara Res.
Donald Trump mentioned her at that event back in October.
Donald Trump – “I had a woman who was in charge of the building of Trump tower many years ago before anybody would have even thought of it and did a fantastic job.”
But the Times reports that Trump once commented to Barbara Res quote ‘You like your candy’ as a reminder that she had gained weight.
Barbara Res told me THIS last night.
Barbara Res – “I was hurt. I had heard him make that comment. It wasn’t exactly, you like your candy. I can’t remember exactly what it was. I didn’t like the fact that he would say that to me, but it wasn’t a big deal to me.”
Res says Trump started out respectful to women but that all changed after his mother died and he divorced his first wife, Ivana.
This is just the beginning when it comes to the vetting of Donald Trump the Presidential candidate.
He has said he will counter punch if Hillary Clinton comes after him on his treatment of women, and by that he means going directly after her husband, the former President, Bill Clinton.
But Trump supporters, at least one of them, says Trump’s past transgressions can and should be overlooked and forgiven because Trump was “a celebrity figure who was expected to make outsized and outlandish comments.”
But when it comes to Bill Clinton, Pastor Darrell Scott says this:
“Bill Clinton as a public servant he committed a number of transgressions as a public servant that for a public servant these transgressions are inexcusable.”
Apparently in this case what’s good for the goose is not good for the gander, at least when it comes to Donald Trump.