Washington Post Reporter Karen Attiah signaled a Donald Trump scandal on Monday afternoon claiming that Trump “hit on her.” (Karen Attiah is the Washington Post’s Opinions Deputy Digital Editor)
So I waited for hours to read Ms .Attiah tell the salacious story of Donald Trump’s advances. Did he proposition her, or touch her inappropriately?
As it turns out Trump’s big crime was saying she was beautiful. That was it. This is what she wrote at at the Washington Post:
As the meeting ended and we were walking out of the room, I thanked Trump for taking my question. He turned to me and said, “I really hope I answered your question,” and added casually with a smile, “Beautiful.” I was stunned. I didn’t say thank you, and I don’t think I smiled. He then walked out to meet with my Post colleagues briefly before heading to the elevator. I stayed in the conference room for a few minutes as it sunk in that the potential GOP nominee for president thought it was okay to comment on my appearance. Did he just say that?
Planning out how to question Trump in a way that was illuminating was like planning for asymmetrical warfare against an opponent who doesn’t follow the same rules as you do. Who doesn’t believe in rules. Who thinks that rules won’t help make America great again. In Trump’s world, commenting on a woman’s appearance in a professional setting is fair game, as is predicting riots if he doesn’t get the nomination, threatening the speaker of the House, vowing to “open up” libel laws to go after “unfair” media, and helping to stoke the flames of violence at his rallies.
Perhaps he thought that calling me beautiful would make me ignore the fact that he brazenly lied about his polling numbers among Hispanic voters. Or make me believe that he wasn’t really a racist. Who knows? At least now I know, firsthand, that the sexism that Trump puts on display against Megyn Kelly under the lights of national TV is not that much different from how he is in real life toward female journalists.
That’s it. He called her beautiful! Call it sexist if you wish, call it grossly inappropriate, patronizing and awkward unctuousness, but if thats what Karen Attiah calls being hit on, she really needs to switch to decaf.
What that incident really consisted of is a liberal reporter trying to slander Donald Trump. I am not a fan of Donald Trump, so what makes me especially angry about her ruse is that I feel the urge to defend him. There are so many nasty things Donald Trump says and does on a daily basis, why did Karen Attiah have to exaggerate a “beautiful” into getting “hit on.”
Ms. Attiah owes Donald Trump an apology.