When asked what he would tell his eldest daughter, Ivanka, if she was being sexually harassed in the workplace, Donald Trump gave a stupefying response.
"I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case," the Republican nominee told interviewer Kirsten Powers, a paid political contributor to Fox News. Powers wrote about their discussion in an opinion piece for USA Today, which takes a closer look at the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against former Fox News CEO Rogers Ailes by former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson and others.
"One should be able to accept that a woman could both have been promoted by a boss and harassed by him," Powers wrote. "Women are often forced to maintain good relations with men who abuse them precisely because those men have power." When she mentioned this to Trump, Powers continued, he said Carlson had "quite a bit of fabulous things" to say about Ailes and "it would be easier for me and more politically correct for me to say you are right. But you would think she wouldn't say those things." Can't wait to see what President Trump will do to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission! Catherine Garcia
Donald Trump now argues that the judge presiding over civil lawsuits against Trump University should be disqualified based on his ancestry, telling The Wall Street Journal Thursday that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has "an absolute conflict" in presiding over the litigation since he is "of Mexican heritage" and a member of the La Raza Lawyers Association, a nonprofit that supports Latino lawyers.
The presumptive Republican nominee has previously made rude comments about Mexican immigrants and vowed to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and he told The Journal that Curiel's background must be mentioned because "I'm building a wall. It's an inherent conflict of interest." Curiel was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrant parents, and Trump has brought up his heritage before during rallies; he's also called him a "hater of Donald Trump" and a "total disgrace."
Stephen Burbank, a law professor at the University of Pennsylvania, told WSJ that it's "absolute nonsense" to say a judge's ethnicity should prevent him or her from presiding over a case, adding, "If this continues, I would hope that some prominent federal judges would set Mr. Trump straight on what's appropriate and what's not in our democracy." An aide to Curiel has said the judicial code of conduct prevents Curiel from responding to Trump's remarks. Trump's lawyers have yet to file any motion asking for the case to be reassigned to a new judge, but Trump told WSJ he might do so soon, claiming that other judges would have thrown out the case against his now defunct school. Catherine Garcia
In an interview with Breitbart News, Huckabee also said Obama's "foreign policy is the most feckless in American history" and called the deal — which would see the U.S. and other nations lifting economic sanctions in exchange for Iran curbing nuclear capabilities and authorizing international inspections — "idiotic." When asked to clarify the "door of the oven" comment, campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart told CNN "the comment speaks for itself," and Huckabee went on to post the controversial quote to his Twitter.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who is Jewish, was not thrilled with Huckabee invoking the Holocaust. "This rhetoric, while commonplace in today's Republican presidential primary, has no place in American politics," she said. "Cavalier analogies to the Holocaust are unacceptable. Mike Huckabee must apologize to the Jewish community and to the American people for this grossly irresponsible statement." Catherine Garcia