Donald Trump was confronted with multiple questions at the No Labels Problem Solver Convention in New Hampshire on Monday by a young woman, who had doubts about how the candidate viewed her gender.
“Maybe you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think that you’re a friend to women,” the convention attendee said.
“I knew I shouldn’t have picked her,” Trump joked before responding to her accusation.
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“Let me give you that answer right now,” the candidate said. “I respect women incredibly. I have had women working for me in positions that they have never worked in terms of construction, in terms of so many different jobs. I had a woman who was in charge of the building of Trump Tower many years ago, before anybody would have even thought of it, and [she] did a fantastic job. I have given women more opportunity than, I would say, virtually anybody in the construction industry,” he added. Trump Tower was built in the early 1980s.
The woman had two follow up questions, first wanting to know whether Trump supported equal pay for women and also wondering, “Do I get to choose what I do with my body?”
The billionaire businessman told her, “You’re going to make the same [pay], if you do as good a job.” He also affirmed that he is “pro-life.”
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As reported by Western Journalism, Trump Executive Vice President Michael Cohen told CNN in August: “The thing about Mr. Trump’s leadership is really about proof of performance.” He added that: “Unlike the others — like Hillary…[who] said that she’s the only one that can really understand women’s rights and so on — Donald Trump’s been living this for more than 30 years. He’s not a gender-based payer. He’s really a performance-based payer, meaning if you do the job he doesn’t care if your name is Mary or it’s Joe.”
Cohen also informed CNN that while the Trump organization has more men working for it than women (57 to 43 percent), women fill more executive positions. He added that, “Women who are similarly situated in positions…are actually paid more,” presumably for doing a better job, or perhaps time with the company.
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