Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fact Checking Trump: Misogyny Quote #1

"You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."

This quote is originally sourced from an Esquire magazine online article: http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a24057/donald-trump-presidential-run-2016-072913/

The online article was originally published online July 19, 2013, by Barry Friedman. It has been updated to talk about the 2016 campaign even though it was written almost a full two years prior.  In the final bullet point of the article, the quote is referenced as coming from an Esquire interview in 1991. I found it suspicious that there was no clear source information for this interview.

I went through all of the Esquire magazines online looking for all articles related to Trump. I found a "Hangout" article in March 1991 titled "The Ghost and Mrs. Trump" which I do not believe to be about Donald Trump. Then I found an "Arts and Politics" article in May 1991 titled, "Donald Trump Gets Small" by Harry Hurt iii. The tagline of the article reads: "The only thing shrinking faster than the former billionaire’s assets is the size of his scalp." This appears to NOT be an interview, but a political commentary defaming Donald Trump. I couldn't find a copy of the article available online and I did not want to pay $4.99 to read it (even if the first month is free).

You can find the Esquire 1991 article here:http://archive.esquire.com/issue/19910501

Since I hit a dead end researching the quote, I decided to do some researched about Harry Hurt iii, the author of the Esquire article. He is the author of the book titled "Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump" which was published 2 years after the Esquire article and after Donald's very nasty public divorce from Ivana Trump. In this book, Harry Hurt asserts that Donald Trump raped Ivana Trump. As the book was about to be published, Ivana Trump wrote a statement that was printed on the first page of that book:

"I felt violated, as the love and tenderness, which he normally exhibited towards me, was absent," she said in the statement. "I referred to this as a 'rape,' but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense."

The book can be found here:  http://www.amazon.com/Lost-Tycoon-Lives.../dp/0393030296

In July 2015, a Daily Beast reporter contacted Michael Cohen, special counsel to Donald Trump and an executive vice president of the 
Trump Organization, about the rape allegations.  It was reported that Cohen responded with a fervor denial and threats.

Ivanka Trump quickly dismissed the assertion of rape by Donald Trump with a statement to CNN:

“Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign. Incidentally, I think he would make an incredible president.” - Ivanka Trump

The NY Post article about Michael Cohen and Ivanka's follow up statement can be found here:  
Interestingly enough, this issue came up on Jan 24, 2016, through a documentary called "The Mad World of Donald Trump" which can be found here: http://www.channel4.com/pro.../the-mad-world-of-donald-trump

In conclusion, I can safely determine that Harry Hurt iii wrote an expose on Donald Trump in 1991, not an interview for Esquire magazine as originally attributed to the quote to without providing a fully verifiable source. Mr. Hurt and Mr. Trump were in a heated battle over the book when it was released and in MY OPINION, Mr. Hurt has a questionable journalistic history.

This quote is unsubstantiated and most likely false because there has never been a Donald Trump interview in Esquire magazine for any month in 1991.


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