Republican frontrunner Donald Trump called a female reporter ‘beautiful’ moments after she quizzed him over his policy plans for racial inclusion.
Karen Attiah, the Washington Post’s Opinions Deputy Digital Editor asked Trump to comment on his controversial statements about Muslims and his Hispanic polling numbers, during a meeting between the billionaire Presidential hopeful and the newspaper’s editorial board on Monday.
Trump said: “Well, first of all, if you look at some polls that have come out, I’m doing very well with African Americans. I’m doing, actually if you look at the polls, a lot of the polls that came out, in the, um, what do they call it? Exit polls, like from Nevada and other places, I’m doing very well with Hispanics.”
He went on to defend his previous comments, after Attiah pressed him on his rhetoric, asking whether it could be “dangerous and divisive for this country”.
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Trump said: “I don’t think so. No, I don’t think so. With the Muslim thing I think it’s a serious problem. I’ve had Muslims call and tell me you’re right with the Muslim thing, I think it’s a serious problem. And it’s a problem that has to be addressed. I mean, there’s tremendous hatred. Even the, even the guy they caught in Paris. He was being hid out by other Muslims, and everybody is after him, and he’s living right next to where he grew up. There’s a serious, serious problem with the Muslims and it’s got to be addressed. It’s temporary, and it’s got to be addressed. And you know you may think of it as negative, many people think it’s very positive.”
After the meeting, Attiah thanked Trump for taking her questions.
As she wrote in the Washington Post later that day, the White House hopeful then ‘turned to me and said, “I really hope I answered your question,” and added casually with a smile, “Beautiful.”’
“I was stunned,” continues Attiah. “I didn’t say thank you, and I don’t think I smiled. He then walked out to meet with my Post colleagues briefly before heading to the elevator. I stayed in the conference room for a few minutes as it sunk in that the potential GOP nominee for president thought it was okay to comment on my appearance. Did he just say that?”
She continues: “In Trump’s world, commenting on a woman’s appearance in a professional setting is fair game.
“Perhaps he though that calling me beautiful would make me ignore the fact that he brazenly lied about his polling numbers among Hispanic voters. Or make me believe that he wasn’t really a racist. Who knows? At least now I know, firsthand, that the sexism Trump puts on display against Megyn Kelly under the lights of national TV is not that much different from how he is in real life towards female journalists”.
Trump came under fire in August last year, after verbally attacking Fox News host Kelly, who moderated the first Republican debate. After she tackled him over his comments about women, Trump described her as unprofessional and talentless.
He also appeared to call her a ‘bimbo’ on Twitter and suggested her tough line of questioning was because she was on her period: “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever,” he said after the debate, speaking on CNN.
Attiah’s article has divided social media, with many users criticising her for not being able to ‘take a compliment’ and insist she should feel ‘flattered’ by Trump’s attention, saying it proves he ‘isn’t racist’. Others have pointed out that no woman should be ‘hit on’ in a professional situation.
[Source:- The Telegraph]