Wednesday 22 February 2017

Trump's advice on sexual harassment reveals a lot more than you think

Holly Baxter

Published 05/08/2016 | 02:30

Donald Trump’s comments about Ivanka’s theoretical sexual harassment pale in comparison to some of the more outrageous claims he’s made about banning Muslims from entering the US, building a border wall to stop Mexican immigration and punishing women for having abortions. Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters
Donald Trump’s comments about Ivanka’s theoretical sexual harassment pale in comparison to some of the more outrageous claims he’s made about banning Muslims from entering the US, building a border wall to stop Mexican immigration and punishing women for having abortions. Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters

What would Donald Trump do if his 34-year-old daughter Ivanka was sexually harassed at work? In case you've been wondering about the answer to this burning question, The Donald revealed this week that he "would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case". Ivanka herself -- widely credited with making her father's campaign seem a lot more sensible than it otherwise might have been, which tells you everything you need to know about Trump's potential - has stayed silent since the remark.

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However, back in 2009, Ivanka identified herself as a feminist and said that she stood against sexual harassment in principle - although did a little backpedalling when she added: "What might be offensive to one person might appear harmless to another. Learn to figure out whether a hoot or a holler is indeed a form of harassment and when it's merely a good-natured tease that you can give back in kind."

And, of course, if you can't work it out, then there's always her dad's option of leaving your workplace - or your career - entirely.

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