File this one somewhere between “duh” and “would you really have expected otherwise?”
A former staffer from Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign has alleged that the campaign pays women staffers far less than men working the same position and that sexism is rampant from top-down throughout the campaign organization.
As first reported by the New York Times, former staffer Elizabeth Mae Davison, 26, filed a complaint with the Davenport, Iowa Civil Rights Commission alleging that men working in the same positions on the Trump campaign were paid more than women and that male staffers were routinely allowed more independence at the rallies in terms of planning and speaking, while women were expected to largely keep quiet and follow their orders.
She also said that when she and a young female volunteer met Mr. Trump at a rally last summer, he told them, “You guys could do a lot of damage,” referring to their looks.
In a telephone interview on Sunday, Mr. Trump denied making the remark but did not address the other two allegations.
“That is not the worst thing that could be said,” Mr. Trump said. “But I never said it. It’s not in my vocabulary.”
When pressed further, The Donald added that he did not know Ms Davidson personally (despite having photographic evidence of them together) but that in checking with his campaign staff in Iowa, he was told she was a disgruntled employee and criticized the NY Times for reporting the complaint the day before the caucuses, adding “A story like this could damage my chances.”