As we have seen, Donald Trump seems to place a great deal of importance on women’s looks. Matt Pearce writes that when he visited his properties, he would tell the managers to fire any woman on the staff that did not meet his standards and replace them with prettier women, and the managers had to scramble to find workarounds in order to save those women’s jobs.
Donald Trump wanted only the pretty ones, his employees said.
After the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes opened for play in 2005, its world-famous owner didn’t stop by more than a few times a year to visit the course hugging the coast of the Pacific.
When Trump did visit, the club’s managers went on alert. They scheduled the young, thin, pretty women on staff to work the clubhouse restaurant — because when Trump saw less-attractive women working at his club, according to court records, he wanted them fired.
One can imagine the awkward situations this created, with managers having to rate their employees according to Trump’s standards for looks and then telling some women not to come in that day because they did not clear the bar for looks.
But Trump seems to have a particular obsession with Rosie O’Donnell. In the course of his article that delves into Trump’s misogyny, Robert Mackey also gives us the back story to this particular animosity that goes back to what happened in 2006, when O’Donnell appeared on the show The View.
Mackey provides clips of the many, many times he has attacked her in the media. His comments are unbelievably ugly, shocking even me who does not expect much from Trump. I had no idea it was so bad. Here is one clip.
We should not be surprised that Trump has been nursing a grudge over this for ten years. The man is the poster child for being thin-skinned. Reginald Selkirk links to in a comment about how Trump is still going on about Alicia Machado, launching fresh attacks on her just this morning and thus keeping the story alive, despite appeals from his advisors to simply drop it. He simply cannot give even the now-standard minimal not-apology along the lines of, “It was a long time ago and in my concern about maintaining the image of the Miss Universe contest, I may have said things that were not appropriate.”
But he just can’t and this is what makes him an ongoing irresistible target for comedians like Seth Meyers.