Just hours before the Iowa Caucuses begin a story that could upset Trump's chances in the state has come to light. Former field organizer for the Trump campaign in Davenport, Iowa Elizabeth Mae Davidson has suggested that the reason for her recent termination was not because she broke campaign rules, but because she is a woman. A story that as Donald Trump himself admits "could damage my chances." Davidson's firing came after a Sunday news report surfaced in the New York Times suggesting that there were major flaws and problems with the senior leadership of Trump's campaign in Iowa. Davidson's claims should have everyone asking, is this simply a matter of a disgruntled employee, or is Donald Trump waging a war on women?
Aside, from Davidson's claims that she was fired because she was a women, she also suggested that Donald Trump paid women much less than men for doing the same job. With Ms. Davidson stating that while working as a part-time field organizer and district representative for the Trump campaign she was paid $2000 a month. Meanwhile, her male colleagues who were also working as part-time field organizers and district representatives for the Trump campaign were making between $3500 to $4000 a month. A massive disparity, that Davidson claims stems from the sole fact that she is a woman. Not only that, but Davidson also claims that while working for the Trump campaign Donald Trump made disparaging comments regarding her and another female colleague's appearance. Claiming that Trump in reference to their appearances stated "they could do a lot of damage" to his campaign. The reason why, Davidson alleges, her colleague and her were barred from speaking at rallies, despite requesting to do so multiple times. Only to have male colleagues' requests to speak continually approved.
Yet, despite these serious allegations, the Trump campaign claims that the reason she was fired had nothing to do with the fact that she was a woman. Claiming instead that the reason for Ms. Davidson's firing was because it had come to light that she had broken nondisclosure agreements that she had signed upon her taking the job with the Trump campaign. With Trump's campaign alleging that she made "disparaging comments about senior [Trump] campaign leaders to third parties," and Donald Trump himself stating "my people told me she did a terrible job."
So who should we believe? Trump and his campaign, or Ms. Davidson.
While it is true that until we know more about this story we cannot say for certain who is telling the truth, there are many reasons to believe that Trump and his campaign are lying and Ms. Davidson is speaking the truth. The biggest reason we have for believing Ms. Davidson is that this is not the first time that Trump has been accused of waging a war on women. In fact, many cases throughout his illustrious business career have surfaced recently of women having been fired by Trump and his people because they made simple mistakes that were not warranting being fired over, all firings that were accompanied by derogatory laced tirades that included many sexist slurs against women.
Yet, one does not even have to go back to before Trump was running to become the Republican nominee to see evidence of Trump's rocky relationship with women. In fact, the whole Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly controversy that erupted this past week began because during the first Republican Primary debate on August 6th, Megyn Kelly challenged Trump on his disparaging comments made against women and their appearances. With Trump having taken to Twitter to call women pigs, slobs, and disgusting animals, and having told a female contestant on Celebrity apprentice that it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Even taking to Twitter this past week to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo and a lightweight.
So when the reports about Ms. Davidson surfaced, claiming Trump had said she could not speak at rallies because her appearance would do his campaign damage, and Mr. Trump dismissed the charges by first doubling down on the comments by saying "that is not the worst thing that could be said," and then denying it ever happened saying, "but I never said it. It's not in my vocabulary," The historical evidence suggests that this is another one of many blatant lies from the Presidential hopeful. Yet, in fairness to Trump he probably didn't say it in those exact words, but instead in a probably much nastier unrepeatable tirade against women.
Nevertheless, whether you hold Ms. Davidson's story to be true or a fabrication, Donald Trump has demonstrated himself time and time again to be a misogynist of the worst kind. Someone completely undeserving of winning the Republican nomination for president, and completely undeserving of winning the presidency of the United States of America.
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