Sexual Harassment

Ivanka Trump tells audience that ‘sexual harassment should never be tolerated’

If Ivanka Trump thinks sexual harassment should never be tolerated, then why does she tolerate her own father’s past predatory behavior?

This Friday, First Daughter Ivanka Trump told an audience at the World Assembly for Women that sexual harassment in the workplace “should never be tolerated.” It’s a welcomed sentiment for sure, but considering that her father Donald Trump has 13 women accusing him of sexual harassment or abuse, Ivanka’s words lack the impact she’s going for.

“All too often, our workplace culture fails to treat women with appropriate respect,” Trump, who serves as a senior adviser to her father, said at the event which was held in Tokyo. “This takes many forms, including harassment, which can never be tolerated.”

“Our workplaces and our public policies must mirror our values: work and family … This isn’t a woman’s issue, this is a family issue,” Ivanka said.

Ivanka’s speech comes amidst of firestorm of media and entertainment figures being outed as sexual predators. The revelations have destroyed the careers of many, although her father was able to surge to the presidency even after he openly admitted that he commits sexual assault in a hot mic moment captured on video.

Driving home the apparent hypocrisy of Ivanka’s words, the folks over at NowThis pieced together a video mashup of excerpts from the speech coupled with past statements from Donald Trump which directly contradict Ivanka’s message.

Trump history of being the target of accusers is just as alarming as other stories currently surfacing in the media, but his supporters have given him blanket protection. The allegations, numbering 13 in total, show a patter of Trump forcing himself on women in a non-consensual way.

According to Jessica Leeds, Trump groped her in the early 1980s when she was sitting beside him on a first-class flight to New York, saying he put his hands on her breasts and tried to force his hand up her skirt.

Rachel Crooks says Trump kissed her on the cheeks and “directly on the mouth” when she introduced herself to him in 2005. At the time Ms Crooks was a 22-year-old receptionist at Bayrock Group, a real estate firm based in Trump Tower.

Former writer for People Magazine Natasha Stoynoff alleges that Trump pushed her against a wall and forced his tongue down her throat at the Mar-a-Lago resort in back in 2005. Stoynoff says the incident happened during a break while she was interviewing Trump and his then-pregnant wife Melania.

This past July, Jill Harth told The Guardian that Trump groped her and cornered her in a bedroom at Mar-a-Lago in 1993, saying Trump pushed her “up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again… I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it.’”

Former contestant on The Apprentice Summer Zervos alleges she was sexually assaulted by Trump in 2007 after he invited her to discuss employment opportunities, saying she was sitting next to him on a sofa where he “grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast,” ultimately trying get her in the bedroom where began “thrusting his genitals” against her.

Kristin Anderson told The Washington Post that while at a New York nightclub in the 1990s, Trump reached up her skirt and groped her. “It wasn’t a sexual come-on, she said “I don’t know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen.”

Bottom line: If Ivanka is truly concerned about sexual harassment in the workplace, she needs to start by holding her own family accountable.

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