Some key figures of the Republican Party do not accept to the likely victory of Donald Trump in the GOP convention. The Washington Post reports that some members exasperated by Trump and led by Mitt Romney are working hard to find an alternative. Their efforts have intensified over the last ten days with their growing awareness that if there is any chance, the game must end within two weeks. Any later attempt will be certainly vain. So, the indicated names are those of the Nebraska senator Ben Sasse, one of the conservatories who criticize Trump the most, and Ohio governor John Kasich who retired from the race on May 4.
Meanwhile, the New York Times published a survey entitled “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private.” Bold advances at the participants in the beauty contests he organized, rude jokes and a general idea of women as trophies to show off. This is Trump’s image that emerges from the article.
Actually, the New York Times points out itself that from this investigation emerges “a complex and sometimes contradictory portrait” of the billionaire, former macho star of New York’s gossip columns in the eighties and nineties who “on the one hand promotes the careers of his employees and on the other hand makes fun of their looks or makes unsolicited advances at them.”
The Times interviewed 50 different women who for various reasons have had dealings with the current Republican candidate whom many accuse of being sexist: employees of the Trump Organization, former girlfriends or the participants of Miss Universe, the historic beauty contest organized for many years by Trump himself.
The different “Miss” interviewed by the Times described how the billionaire wanted to personally “evaluate” the participants: “we were asked to line up for him on the stage, wearing only a bikini, and Donald Trump came with his entourage to examine us, like a general, “said Carrie Prejean, Miss California 2009, explaining that for many girls this was humiliating and many of them ended up in tears behind the scenes.
Trump’s behavior were even more explicit, according to Taggart Temple, Miss Utah in 1997: “He kissed me on the lips, and it was disgusting,” she said recalling that he did so with all the girls, while still being married to Marla Maples.
Testimonies depict a portrait of a businessman who likes to be surrounded by beautiful women, whom he shows off as trophies. Rowanne Brewer Lane, a former model, told that during a pool party at Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s luxury properties in Florida, the billionaire insisted on her wearing a swimsuit while being presented to the guests, while the billionaire kept saying “is she not a fantastic Trump girl?”
Trump made fun of those women who did not correspond to his aesthetic ideal in public, said Barbara Res, one of his top executives, who was frequently teased by the businessman because she was overweight.
Another tragic experience is that of Alicia Machado, Miss Universe 1996, who tells how soon after she won the title, she has been accompanied to a gym where Trump announced in front of the reporters and cameras that she was starting a diet. “I was going to cry, I said ‘I do not want to do it’ and he replied ‘no matter’ – Machado recalls -. After that episode, I became anorexic and bulimic. I had to go to many psychologists over the past 20 years to fight it”.
But there are also people who, following the example of Res who was appointed head of the Trump Plaza casino site, reminded that the entrepreneur does not hesitate, even in such a male-majority environment as real estate and construction sectors, to support the careers of capable and ambitious women. And Louise Sunshine, a former manager of the Trump Organization, did not hesitate to call Trump “my mentor.”