Donald Trump has, once again, suggested that he didn’t sexually assault a woman because she was too unattractive.
Here's Donald Trump - the GOP nominee for president - saying the woman accusing him of groping her on plane "would not be my first choice": pic.twitter.com/L9qSXJfEWA— Carlos Maza (@gaywonk) October 14, 2016
“Believe me, she would not be my first choice,” Trump said. “That I can tell you.”
Trump made a similar comment yesterday. Speaking about another one of his accusers, he said, “Look at her. Look at her words. You tell me what you think. I don't think so.”
The Trump campaign told me yesterday that Trump’s “look at her” comments were not referring to his accuser’s looks. But his comments on Friday were a lot less ambiguous.
Of course, this kind of objectification is far from new for Trump. As Libby Nelson explained for Vox, Trump seems to only show his feelings about women based on their physical characteristics or sexuality:
Trump is incapable of separating a woman’s value from her physical appearance. He assumes that his intimate commentary on women’s bodies is always welcome, no matter who might be listening — as the leaked audio, in which Trump is having a conversation with an acquaintance in a professional setting, demonstrates.
He apparently never stops to consider how the women he’s subjecting to all of this might feel. In a professional setting, it’s degrading to know that people are paying more attention to your looks than your abilities or achievements. It’s gross for your boss to tell you you’re beautiful, or for a man with more power than you to speculate about what you’re like in bed. It’s dehumanizing to be reduced to a set of breasts and a pretty face.
Trump just keeps doing it and doing it, no matter how much trouble he gets in for insulting and mistreating women.