Garance Burke’s highly useful reporting on The Apprentice reaches conclusions that may not be entirely surprising:
In his years as a reality TV boss on “The Apprentice,” Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with.
The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behavior by Trump behind the scenes of the long-running hit show, in which aspiring capitalists were given tasks to perform as they competed for jobs working for him.
The staffers and contestants agreed to recount their experiences as Trump’s behavior toward women has become a core issue in the presidential campaign. Interviewed separately, they gave concurring accounts of inappropriate conduct on the set.
Eight former crew members recalled that he repeatedly made lewd comments about a camerawoman he said had a nice rear, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.
During one season, Trump called for female contestants to wear shorter dresses that also showed more cleavage, according to contestant Gene Folkes. Several cast members said Trump had one female contestant twirl before him so he could ogle her figure.
However! Here at LGM we strive to be Fair and Balanced and to present Opposing Viewpoints. Perhaps we can turn to the list of SUPERGENIUSES for Donald Trump, which among various frauds, Nazi apologists, and felons includes Pajamas Media founder and the man who made Pauline Kael quit film criticism, Mr. Roger L. Simon. I’m sure his thoughts on the subject will be highly illuminating:
And as for the sexism, please-louise, it’s the reverse. If anything, Trump’s a closet gynosupremacist. He’s nuts about women (well, except Megyn Kelly). Ivanka and Kellyanne Conway are the dominant figures in his campaign and are likely to have key positions in a Trump administration. I’d take either of them over Valerie Jarrett, by a long shot.
Ah yes, the old “what do you mean, he married one!” defense. Donald Trump, from deep in the closet, loves women! Why, he finds many of them almost as sexually attractive as he finds his daughter, and he’s not shy about saying so! GYNOSUPREMACY!
This post also contains some entertaining UNSKEWING of the polls:
I know it sounds crazy to say in a presidential year when the two candidates are supposedly the two most reviled in modern history that one of them is going to win — I think going away — because he’s vastly more likable, but it’s true.
And I say this not just because Donald Trump’s rallies are better attended than Hillary Clinton’s by a factor somewhere in the vicinity of 5000%. (No exaggeration. Donald routinely draws 10,000 people. A recent Hillary appearance at Temple University — where she was supposed to make that final, serious pitch to nail down the votes of vacillating millennials — attracted barely 200 out of a student body of 37,000.)
In my ‘hood in the mega-blue Hollywood Hills where Hillary is certain to win upwards of 97% of the vote, there is nary a Hillary-Kaine yard sign to be seen, nor an “I’m With Her” bumper sticker blemishing a single newly minted Tesla. Four years ago the neighborhood was swarming with Obama signs and stickers. Nobody cares about Hillary. Everyone knows she’s a sourpuss. Nobody wants to see her. They’ll vote for her, if she’ll only leave them alone. (Of course you won’t find a Trump bumper sticker within miles of here. The few of us who support him don’t want to get our cars keyed. And forget the yard signs. Staying on decent terms with your neighbors is a necessity in earthquake country.)
Cherry-picked rallies! Yard signs! The very useful measures Peggy Noonan used to predict Mitt Romney carrying the Electoral College, only without even the yard signs! In conclusion, Donald Trump will win because he’s very likable. This seems almost as plausible as the idea that Donald Trump isn’t a misogynist because he would totally make his daughter Secretary of Breast Augmentation Subsidies in his administration.