WASHINGTON, May 16, 2016 — The New York Times’ latest hit piece on Donald Trump, “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private” may be the biggest favor they could have done for the presidential nominee.
Trump’s ex-girfriend Rowanne Brewer Lane, featured in the Times piece, finally puts the “Donald Trump is sexist to women” meme to rest.
Trump has offended women with his less than artful comments about Rosie O’Donnell and Carly Fiorina. You can easily find stories about his lack of generosity in comments about women’s weight or appearance.
But Trump makes the same comments about men. He is undeniably an equal opportunity insulter. But men don’t cry sexism when they are in his radar.
Trump is harsh in his counter-attacks. Politics for him is total war, with no subject off-limits. There is a disconnect between contemporary American standards of polite political warfare and Trump’s standards.
But that does not make him sexist or, the other taunt, racist. The proof is easy to find.
Trump, who is often painted as a misogynist, is also a recognized leader in promoting women to executive positions in his company, paying them based on their job performance, not sex. In this he appears to do better than the White House or the Clinton Foundation.
Trump employs more women than men at the upper echelons of his real estate empire, and in many cases pays them more. That fact is ignored by a media more interested in tearing down Republican presidential candidates than in helping America find the best presidential choice.
Michael Cohen, Trump’s general counsel and an executive vice president at Trump Organization, says that while the billionaire’s companies employ 57 percent men and 43 percent women, “there are more female executives at the Trump Organization than there are male.”
Appearing on “CNN’s New Day” with Chris Cuomo, Cohen brought verifiable numbers, including some showing that many women are paid more than their male counterparts. “And women who are similarly situated in positions similar to that of their male counterparts, are actually paid more,” Cohen said.
Many stories, testimonials and videos stand opposed to the “Donald J. Trump hates women” story that the liberal mainstream and social media seem to promulgate.
Two former employees who reported directly to the upper echelons of the Trump family, including to Trump, also spoke out on video:
One such story, concerning ex-wife Ivana Trump, he tells on himself, writing in his 1997 book “The Art of the Comeback” his regrets on letting her run his business:
“My big mistake with Ivana was taking her out of the role of wife and allowing her to run one of my casinos in Atlantic City, then the Plaza Hotel. The problem was, work was all she wanted to talk about. When I got home at night, rather than talking about the softer subjects of life, she wanted to tell me how well the Plaza was doing, or what a great day the casino had.
“I will never again give a wife responsibility within my business.”
If you watch Mrs. Trump’s feature “Ivana Trump People Who Changed The World” you might ask if Mr. Trump’s comments were about wishing he had held Ivana back from success and protecting his marriage, as he eventually lost Ivana, whom he still adores.
His wives know him best, and Marla Maples, Mrs. Trump II and mother of Trump’s daughter Tiffany spoke about her life and their relationship with the Trump family on “Oprah Where Are They Now ?” in a segment titled “Marla Maples’ True Feelings About Donald Trump”
Trump’s third wife, Melanie, is a successful business woman on her own, though her husband and his companies are not a part of that success. Potential First Lady Melanie Trump is a Slovene-American who speaks seven languages.
When she was just 18, Melania entered the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, the oldest university in Slovenia and among the top 3 percent of the world’s universities, according to the ARWU, to study both design and architecture.
She is a former international model and a successful jewelry and watch designer with Melania Timepieces & Jewelry, launched in 2013. She also owns a skincare line, Melania caviar Complexe.
Mrs. Trump is also active with the Police Athletic League, which honored her as Woman of the Year in 2006. She is an honorary chairwoman for the Boys Club of New York and has been for five years, and the American Red Cross has awarded her the title of Goodwill Ambassador.
All of this she has done on her own.
As a woman, I am in awe of the intelligence, strength and yes, charm and beauty, of Donald Trump’s wives, past and present. And yes, he has type, but I am not sure that is unusual or damnable.
As he did New York’s ice rink, Donald Trump also saved the Miss USA Pageant, a contest that according to some critics is the worst thing to happen to women, as it simply objectifies them.
That charge fails when you review the extraordinary benefits and opportunities that the women compete for.
The pageant, one of the things Trump has lost in his presidential campaign, also showed Trump’s belief in personal redemption and support of a young woman he could have easily destroyed.
In 2006 Trump would not dethrone Miss USA pageant winner Tara Conner after she tested positive for cocaine.
“She left a small town in Kentucky, and she was telling me that she got caught up in the whirlwind of New York,” Trump said at the time. “It’s a story that has happened many times before to many women and to many men who came to the Big Apple. They wanted their slice of the Big Apple, and they found out it wasn’t so easy.”
The merciful Donald forgave.
“I’ve always been a believer in second chances,” he said. “Tara is going to be given a second chance.” Conner, in tears: “You’ll never know what this means to me, and I swear I will not let you down.”
The New York Times is the latest to promote this false narrative and Donald Trump’s ex-girlfriend, featured in The New York Times’ article published Saturday with the headline “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private” is calling foul.
The Times piece, written by Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey spun what Rowanne Brewer Lane, who was 26-years-old at the time, recalled as a positive experience into something that fits the NYT anti-Trump narrative.
The New York Times wrote:
“But the 1990 episode at Mar-a-Lago that Ms. Brewer Lane described was different: a debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew. This is the private treatment of some women by Mr. Trump, the up-close and more intimate encounters,” the Times wrote.
Appearing on Fox & Friends, Brewer Lane disputes the Times negative framing of her experience in first meeting Donald Trump.
“If anybody would ask me, how did you meet Donald Trump? You are going to get the story of how I was at a pool party at Mar-A-Lago with my agency and a lot of other people and it was a night party and I had a photo shoot that I had done all day and I had another photo shoot the next day, and I almost didn’t go, but my agent asked me if I would please come up and just enjoy for a while and so I did, and I didn’t wear a bathing suit. I didn’t have a swimsuit,” she said.
“I came from a shoot like I said, and I started talking with Donald and chatting with him over the course of the first maybe 20 minutes I was there, and we seemed to get along in conversation nicely, and it just very normally and naturally evolved into a conversation. We started walking around the mansion. He started showing me the architecture. We were having a very nice conversation, and we got into a certain part of it and he asked me if I had a swimsuit. I said I didn’t. I had not really planned on swimming. He asked me if I wanted one. I said OK, sure. And I change into one, and the part where I went back out to the pool party and he made a comment now that’s a stunning Trump girl right there, I was actually flattered by. I didn’t feel like it was a demeaning situation or comment at all, and that’s what I told the Times, and they spun it completely differently.”
The writers, Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey, are standing behind their work stating in releases
“I recall in my interview with her that she expressed some — she basically said ‘I was taken aback by this,’ and I think that’s how we depicted it,” Barbaro said, in reference to the swimsuit anecdote. “I think people can kind of evaluate the story on its own merits.”