Politics

Donald Trump Predicted How Problematic His Attitude Toward Women Would Be If He Ran for Office

October 11th 2016

By:
Tricia Tongco

A 1993 video interview has surfaced of Donald Trump telling a New Zealand TV station that his attitude about women would be a problem if he ran for office.

Trump, who is now the Republican presidential nominee, was asked by interviewer Owen Poland 23 years ago if he enjoyed his image as "a high-rolling tycoon associated with glamorous women." He responded:

"No, I don't enjoy that image. I guess I have that image. I think women are beautiful – I think certain women are more beautiful than others, to be perfectly honest – and it's fortunate I don't have to run for political office."

Trump's candid admission eerily foreshadowed his main problem at the moment as a candidate: The perception that he's a misogynist.

Trump has a long history of sexist comments and allegations of sexual assault, evident most recently in leaked audio tapes from 2005 of a graphic conversation with "Access Hollywood's" Billy Bush, in which he discusses a woman's breasts, his attempts to have sex with a married woman, and asserting he could nonconsensually "grab [women] by the p--sy" because of his "star" status.

Trump later dismissed his comments as "locker room talk" and "just words" during the second presidential debate.

Critics didn't let Trump off the hook. Several women shared their stories of sexual harassment on social media, and professional athletes also slammed Trump for labeling his sexist comments as "locker room talk."

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's lead among women already exceeded Trump’s margin among men before the second presidential debate and the release of the leaked tapes. That lead is widening: Clinton has an 11-point lead over Trump, according to a poll by Public Religion Research Institute and The Atlantic conducted before and after the release of the lewd audio conversation.

“At a time when Trump needs to be expanding his support, this new survey shows him faltering with independent voters and slipping further with women voters,” Robert P. Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, told The Atlantic.

Sounds like Trump's 1993 observations were prescient.

ATTN: reached out to the Trump campaign for comment and will update this story when we receive a response.

Watch the full video of Trump at The Guardian.