The storyline may come as no surprise but the source is intriguing. An AP piece tells how cast members and crew of the 14-season show “The Apprentice” – hosted and dominated by one Donald Trump – describe how the Trumpser was consistently demeaning and sexist towards women. Unnamed show insiders recounted how he “rated” women by the size of their breasts and openly talked about which ones he’d like to have sex with. Various people associated with the show were interviewed separately, and their accounts were consistent. At one point, Trump asked female contestants to wear dresses with higher hemlines and lower necklines, recalled a former contestant.
It will surprise few that Trump’s people have denied the allegations, saying, in part: “These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity-hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever,” according to Hope Hicks, Trump’s campaign spokeswoman. “’The Apprentice’ was one of the most successful prime-time television shows of all time and employed hundreds of people over many years, many of whom support Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”
But it is a denial that does not jibe with several incidents on the campaign trail that has seen Trump attack or disparage women – either by name, or more generally.
This latest revelation is another hit for Trump’s image. And it makes one wonder if the American electorate is getting close to telling the billionaire candidate, “You’re fired!”