Donald Trump referred to pregnancy as an inconvenience in a 2004 interview, yet another comment for the Republican presidential nominee that is likely to hurt his standing among female voters.
Speaking to Dateline NBC, Trump said, pregnancy is “a wonderful thing for the woman, it’s a wonderful thing for the husband, it’s certainly an inconvenience for a business. And whether people want to say that or not, the fact is it is an inconvenience for a person that is running a business.”
The interview was part of a profile of former Trump employee Carolyn Kepcher, who also appeared on Trump’s reality TV show, The Apprentice. In the profile, Kepcher said she was reluctant to reveal her pregnancy ot Trump, thought, “Maybe in my mind he might think this would perhaps be a setback or ‘maybe I’m going to have to bring somebody in to replace her throughout her pregnancy or when she takes maternity leave.”
She ended up only taking three weeks off after giving birth and came back for part time work for Trump.
When NBC asked Trump if the quick return was because she felt pressure to re-join the company, Trump said, “Maybe she should feel that way a little bit.”
This isn’t the first bizarre comment from Trump on women and children. In a 2011 deposition, Trump reportedly referred to a female lawyer taking a break to pump breast milk as “disgusting.” Attorney Elizabeth Beck told CNN about the incident: “He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, ‘You’re disgusting, you’re disgusting,’ and he ran out of there.” Trump’s lawyer didn’t dispute that he called her “disgusting,” and in a tweet Trump taunted the lawyer, writing, “Lawyer Elizabeth Beck did a terrible job against me, she lost (I even got legal fees). I loved beating her,she was easy.”
Trump has a long history of sexist and misogynist comments about women, which has led to the vast majority of women in polls rejecting the candidate.