Editorial

A shocking Trump revelation

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Let's be clear from the start that the heading for this editorial is sarcastic.

We have been critical of Donald Trump in this space in the past, but the hit piece that was the lead story in the Sunday, May 15, New York Times was an overblown rehash of what everyone already knew.

Yes, Trump sometimes comments on a woman's appearance in ways that he doesn't for a man. His objectification of women is a legitimate source of offense. In his defense, he does promote deserving women to leadership positions in his business endeavors and pays them accordingly.

The fact that he has objectified women who have participated in his beauty contests is hard to take seriously as a source of outrage. He has owned or co-owned three beauty pageants: Miss U.S.A., Miss Teen U.S.A., and Miss Universe, all three of which fall under the Miss Universe Organization parent company.

The idea of judging beauty contest participants by their appearance... well, is sarcasm actually necessary here?

Some people find the whole concept of beauty contests distasteful and demeaning. Those people will need no convincing to oppose Trump. Trump supporters and undecided voters will not be influenced by the NYT piece.