I Have no Idea why we Think Trump is a Misogynist…

“Psychologists will tell you that some women want to be treated with respect. I tell friends who treat their wives magnificently, get treated like crap in return, ‘Be rougher and you’ll see a different relationship.'”

“I have days where I think it’s great. And then I have days where, if I come home — and I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist — but when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I go through the roof.”

Donald J. Trump

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2016, Donald Trump, Politicians, Quick Takes, US Politics
Steven L. Taylor
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Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

Comments

  1. Liberal Capitalist says:

    yeah…

    Another interesting “perspective” article:

    If Hillary Clinton Groped Men

  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    Are we supposed to believe Melania actually fixes dinner? Or is it just that if the chef screws up, she’s in for a beating?

  3. gVOR08 says:

    The quote is from ’94, when he was married to Marla Maples. I’m somehow having difficulty believing Marla cooked Trump’s dinners. Or Ivana or Melania. I think their talents lay elsewhere. Pun intended.

  4. Jen says:

    @gVOR08: Honestly, I have always interpreted that to mean “they weren’t at home and paying attention to make sure the help got the dinner on the table in time.” Not actually cooking anything.

  5. MBunge says:

    Wait, are we now supposed to believe that there are no women who treat their pushover boyfriends/husbands like crap? Or are we now supposed to believe that there are no women who respond positively to assertive men?

    As for the second quote, beside it being 22 years old, if one spouse earns all the money and the other spouse is in charge of the home, the spouse who earns all the money is not permitted to get irritated when the spouse in charge of the home doesn’t do their job?

    Mike

  6. Mr. Bluster says:

    @MBunge:..”Wait, are we now supposed to believe…”

    …anything you say?
    FTFY

    “beside it being 22 years old”
    As long as Typhoid Trump and his devils keep throwing up Bill Clinton (who is not a candidate for President USA) and his impeachment and acquittal over lying about sex 17 years ago, it is fair game to go after Chump (who is a candidate for President USA) and his confession on tape that he practices sexual assault on women and is proud of it.
    We don’t need to go back 22 years to come up with evidence that the man is nothing but a bloated sack of protoplasm.
    Even when the evidence is there.

  7. Grewgills says:

    @MBunge:
    You really want to defend that? If you treat your wife or girlfriend ‘magnificently’ you’ll be treated like crap in return. If your wife or girlfriend doesn’t treat you with the respect you feel you deserve be ‘rougher’ with her that’ll fix it? If dinner isn’t on the table when you get home going ‘through the roof’ is appropriate? What decade are you from?

  8. @MBunge: You know, I have been trying to treat you as a serious interlocutor, even if a somewhat belligerent one at times. Your response here makes me start to reassess.

    And while this is an old quote (and while in the news again, one that I have been aware of for some time), the point I am making is that Trump has a lengthy track record of misogyny that undercuts his current claims about how wonderfully he treats women.

    Wait, are we now supposed to believe that there are no women who treat their pushover boyfriends/husbands like crap? Or are we now supposed to believe that there are no women who respond positively to assertive men?

    If women treat their male partners like crap, that is bad behavior, would you not agree?

    As for the second quote, beside it being 22 years old, if one spouse earns all the money and the other spouse is in charge of the home, the spouse who earns all the money is not permitted to get irritated when the spouse in charge of the home doesn’t do their job?

    “but when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I go through the roof”

    That is a description of for you of “getting irritated”?

    Beyond that, @Grewgills asks, “What decade are you from?”

  9. Mister Bluster says:

    Apparently these dipsticks are from this decade! Who needs ’em?

    Trump supporters are already promising to intimidate nonwhite voters on Election Day
    “I’m going to make them a little bit nervous.”

    http://www.vox.com/2016/10/15/13294434/trump-voter-intimidation-rights

  10. Jen says:

    @Mister Bluster: I am pretty certain that voter intimidation is a federal offense. I hope these clowns end up in prison.

  11. CSK says:

    @Mister Bluster:

    Are you surprised? Trump has had the enthusiastic support of all the white supremacist groups from day one.

  12. Tony W says:

    @Mister Bluster: The polling place is going to become the new Planned Parenthood – with minorities and women requiring escorts from their cars.

    Trump’s America.

  13. Mr. Bluster says:

    @CSK:Are you surprised?

    No.
    Vigilantes showed up several times during the two weeks of Sleepytown U. anti-war riots in May of 1970 hoping to waste some hippies.
    I know what they look like.

  14. Mr. Bluster says:

    What we know: the firebombing of a GOP HQ in North Carolina
    On Saturday night, someone threw a flammable bottle into a Republican headquarters in North Carolina, setting much of the office inside ablaze. An adjacent building was spray-painted with a swastika and the message, “Nazi Republicans Get Out of Town or Else.”

    In response to the attack, a handful of Democrats and liberals also began raising money to help show bipartisan unity. One fundraising site raised $13,000 to help the North Carolina GOP rebuild the headquarters. On Twitter, the campaign’s organizers talked about the need for “civility & decency,” arguing that it’s important to demonstrate concern for political rivals despite opposing goals.
    http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2016/10/17/13304208/gop-firebombing-north-carolina

    We can pretty much write our own history.
    So do we do it in the streets or do it at the polling place?
    As far as I can tell the answer may well be both.

  15. wr says:

    @Steven L. Taylor: I’d guess that Mike, much like the seemingly older The Q, likes to fancy himself as the Last Honest Man, set down in a field of partisans and hypocrites. That forces him to always split the difference between the two candidates, condemning Trump for his horribleness, but then shrieking about Benghazi or emails just to show that unlike you brainwashed sycophants, he’s an honest and independent thinker.

  16. An Interested Party says:

    @wr: Actually, it seems more than just that…for plenty of their own reasons, they appear to have a particular loathing of Hillary Clinton…

  17. Chris says:

    …”besides this quote being 22 years old”.

    This is in a similar vein to Donald’s apology for the Billy Bush tape, where he mentioned the tape was “over a decade old.”

    Maybe those excuses would work if Donald was forty years younger. Look, he’s a young guy, this was recorded ten years ago when he was straight out of high school, he’s matured since then, et cetera et cetera.

    When you’re 70, saying something misogynistic, creepy, unpleasant ten or twenty years ago doesn’t get you a pass. The Billy Bush tape is from when Donald was 59. The quote in this article from when he was nearly fifty. No excuse.

  18. Kylopod says:

    @Chris: It brings to mind when Henry Hyde was found to have had an extramarital affair while in his 40s, and he called it “youthful indiscretions.”

  19. anjin-san says:

    …”besides this quote being 22 years old”.

    Has Trump done anything – anything at all – to lead us to think that he has grown as a person over the years? If anything, he seems to be moving in the wrong direction…