Classic Trump: 'Putting a Wife to Work Is a Very Dangerous Thing'

Donald Trump’s long history of interviews and public statements is going to be the gift that keeps on giving, isn’t it? Take this, from a 1994 interview with ABC News:


"I think that putting a wife to work is a very dangerous thing. If you're in business for yourself, I really think it's a bad idea. I think that was the single greatest cause of what happened to my marriage with Ivana," Trump said.

He said that he disliked hearing her "shouting on the phone" during contentious business deals.

"A softness disappeared. There was a great softness to Ivana, and she still has that softness, but during this period of time she became an executive not a wife," Trump had said.

There are plenty of reasonable reasons husbands and wives shouldn’t work together, but the husband finding it icky that his wife was developing a professional identity that included working to hold her own in business dealings is just a big red flag for misogyny. Not exactly the only misogyny red flag Trump’s waved, either. Not even the only one about a woman daring to speak above a deferential murmur—he recently blathered on about Hillary Clinton “shouting” and “screaming.” And this 1994 interview makes it clear what that’s all about: Trump’s pathological discomfort with a woman being assertive or insufficiently “soft.” 

One reminder, ladies: You can vote against Trump as quietly or as loudly as you want.

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