On Monday Donald Trump told an interviewer that if his daughter Ivanka Trump were sexually harassed at work, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case” – an answer that is absolutely ridiculous, considering the onus of ending workplace harassment should not be on the victim.
On Tuesday morning, Eric Trump doubled down on his father’s sentiments. The younger Trump told CNBC’s John Harwood that a “strong, powerful woman” like his sister wouldn’t allow such harassment to occur in the first place.
Eric Trump on handling workplace sexual harassment: "Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman. She wouldn’t allow herself to be subjected to it"
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 2, 2016
Trump’s implication is that victims of workplace sexual harassment are, unlike Ivanka, not strong or powerful, or that they somehow “allow” themselves to be subjected to such treatment, sparked a single-word response from Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) August 2, 2016
Eric Trump later attempted to clarify his remarks, tweeting:
I said sexual harassment is a "no go" and should be addressed by Human Resources. It's totally unacceptable behavior https://t.co/nttmptuc4M
— Eric Trump (@EricTrump) August 2, 2016