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Trump Can't Comb Over His Sexist Comment on Pumping Moms

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Every now and then, when I'm scrolling through my Facebook feed before drifting off to sleep, something jumps out at me,and I can't resist the click. Usually it's of the sneezing panda variety, but yesterday it was of the "I can't believe Donald Trump said that" variety. The blurb said that Donald Trump called Elizabeth Beck, an attorney who questioned him during a deposition and needed to take a break to pump milk for her 3-month-old daughter, "disgusting."

My first thought was: No f-ing way did he say that.

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My second thought was: Don't click on the article, you're going to get mad and be up all night.

My third thought was: If you must read it, go get some ice cream because it's going to be a long night.

Here's what happened. During depositions, which can be long, tedious and acrimonious, Donald Trump said some really incendiary things. And neither he nor anyone in his camp has denied that he called Ms. Beck "disgusting," during the negotiations to halt the deposition temporarily so she could express breast milk for her baby.

The only defense Trump's people offered for his comment was that his use of the word "disgusting" to describe Ms. Beck was "in no way a statement about her decision to breast-feed or pump."

He's demonstrated over and over again that he lacks class, compassion, intelligence and psychological sophistication. I don't expect much out of Donald Trump—I just hope he drops out of the race sooner rather than later.

Let's pause for a moment. This guy is running for the highest office in this country and thinks nothing of denigrating a woman in an attempt to shame her for needing a break to express breast milk? How is Donald Trump's candidacy still a thing? How are women not blowing up the Internet with blog posts and complaints about his misogyny?

Trump's a smart enough guy. He's at least smart enough to know that depositions take place in front of a court reporter, who was sitting in the room with him, transcribing every word spoken. He knew that his choice words for the working mom who wanted a break would be memorialized in a transcript that would last forever. Hell, it's easier to leak a deposition transcript than a Kardashian sex tape.

He had to know. But guess what? He didn't care. He didn't care that down the road, millions of women would see how he bullied a working mother who made a reasonable request for a "medical break."

Mr. Trump's lawyer suggested that his client's ire over the breast pump incident stemmed from his suspicions that she was simply trying to buy time to think of new questions to ask. Mr. Trump apparently didn't think it was a true "emergency" for the mother with a 3-month-old to pump in the middle of a lengthy legal proceeding. What in the world would Mr. Trump had said to her if her breasts had started leaking when he refused to take a break? Or if Ms. Beck, like me and plenty of other nursing mothers back at work, had a cabbage leaf in her bra that poked out as her breasts became enlarged? What then? Would that be more or less disgusting to the sensitive Mr. Trump?

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None of this is terribly surprising given Mr. Trump's racist remarks about immigration or his sketchy claims about his business deals. He recently retweeted a misogynist "joke" (which he subsequently deleted) about Hillary Clinton's (in)ability to satisfy the American people when she couldn't satisfy her husband. He's demonstrated over and over again that he lacks class, compassion, intelligence and psychological sophistication. I don't expect much out of Donald Trump—I just hope he drops out of the race sooner rather than later.

Women face enough obstacles already. Think: Glass ceiling, higher poverty rates and high percentage of domestic violence. Let's not add to the list a major national leader who thinks that working mothers who need to pump milk deserved to be called names.

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