Donald Trump is, without question, the most misogynistic presidential candidate in modern American history. He views women as mere objects—even his own baby daughter. He possesses a pathological need to project his own body insecurities onto women, grading and ridiculing their figures while he himself has been considerably overweight for the last 20 years. And it came to a head during Monday night’s presidential debate when his opponent, Hillary Clinton, confronted Trump with his past fat-shaming of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, whom the ex-reality-TV show host branded “Miss Piggy.”
If that weren’t enough, Trump doubled down on Tuesday’s edition of Fox & Friends, saying of Machado, “She was the [Miss Universe] winner, and she gained a massive amount of weight, and it was a real problem.”
Branding him the “Master of Sexism,” host Trevor Noah went off on Trump’s mistreatment of women on Wednesday’s edition of The Daily Show.
“This beauty standard of Trump’s isn’t just a personal thing with him. He applies these principles to his professional life as well. Here he is onstage explaining his hiring policy to a young woman who has just asked for a job,” said Noah.
The comedian then threw to a clip of Trump from March 2007 at The Learning Annex in San Francisco. He is onstage delivering a speech. To his left is a striking woman. His arm is around her.
“I had a case, it’s very interesting, a beautiful girl who was 17 or 18, and applied to be a waitress. So beautiful. She’s like a world-class beauty,” said Trump. “My people came, they said, ‘Mr. Trump, she has no experience.’ So I interviewed her anyway because she was so pretty. And I said, ‘Let me ask you, do you have any experience?’ She goes, ‘No sir.’ I said, ‘When can you start?’”
Yes, this is video of Trump admitting that, as Noah put it, “Experience doesn’t matter. If Trump thinks you’re hot, you’re hired.”
But that wasn’t the only clip The Daily Show host and his team of researchers presented.
“There is no context in which Trump will not zero in on a woman’s looks. And we discovered a clip the other day that exemplifies that perfectly,” said Noah. “It’s December 2004, and America is in a tizzy over a sex scandal in which a 23-year-old middle-school teacher was arrested for having sex with a 14-year-old student—aka a sex crime. And in an appearance on a morning radio show, Donald Trump was kind enough to share some of his thoughts.”
The incident Noah is referring to is the case of 23-year-old teacher Debra Lafave, a middle-school teacher in Temple Terrace, Florida, who was charged with—and later pleaded guilty to—lewd and lascivious battery for having sexual intercourse with one of her 14-year-old students on four separate occasions.
Trump, as is his wont, weighed in on the case on the radio program Imus in the Morning back on Dec. 2, 2004. And the interview was dug up for the first time by The Daily Show.
“How would you like to be the husband of the wife who was playing around with a 14-year-old kid? Unbelievable,” Trump said of the Lafave case.
“By the way, did you see what she looked like?” asked Trump.
“Not bad,” replied host Don Imus.
“Not bad? Yeah, I’d say so,” said Trump. “I know a lot of guys who are trying to date her right now, Don.”
And then the kicker: “So do you think this 14-year-old kid is scarred forever? He might have put the moves on her. It might have given him confidence, actually,” Trump added.
“You know, for a man who’s so pessimistic about America, about the world, about humanity as a whole, Donald Trump has a surprisingly glass-half-full perspective on adults banging middle-schoolers,” remarked Noah. “I mean, wow, is there anything that Donald Trump doesn’t judge by how hot the woman is?”
Noah later delivered a kicker of his own: “Let’s be honest here, folks: There’s only one pig in this whole story, and it’s the one that got slaughtered at the debate on Monday.”