TIME 2016 Election

Trump Calls Journalist ‘Beautiful’ After She Asked Him a Policy Question

Presidential Candidates Address AIPAC Policy Conference
Alex Wong—Getty Images Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) March 21, 2016 in Washington, DC.

The Washington Post staffer called it another example of the candidate's sexism

Donald Trump once again drew ire for his treatment of a female journalist on Monday, calling a Washington Post staffer “beautiful” after she asked him a question about policy.

Trump was meeting with the Post‘s editorial board in an opportunity for the paper to grill him on his positions. Karen Attiah, an editor, wrote that she asked the Republican frontrunner about his plans for racial inclusion, to which he responded that he was actually “doing very well” with African Americans and Hispanics. Attiah contested that statement, which prompted Trump to differentiate between the support of “people that are legally living here” and “illegals.” Attiah followed up by asking if he felt his rhetoric was divisive, which he refuted.

“As the meeting ended,” Attiah writes, “and we were walking out of the room, I thanked Trump for taking my question. He turned to me and said, ‘I really hope I answered your question,’ and added casually with a smile, ‘Beautiful.'” Attiah was stunned:

Perhaps he thought that calling me beautiful would make me ignore the fact that he brazenly lied about his polling numbers among Hispanic voters. Or make me believe that he wasn’t really a racist. Who knows? At least now I know, firsthand, that the sexism that Trump puts on display against Megyn Kelly under the lights of national TV is not that much different from how he is in real life toward female journalists.

Read more at the Washington Post.

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