Fighting Words: Donald Trump Called a Breastfeeding Mom 'Disgusting'
Um, not quite. Reports are cropping up that back in 2011, The Donald had some choice words for a breastfeeding mom who asked for a break during a deposition to pump.
The mama, attorney Elizabeth Beck, was repping a group of people who lost money on one of Trump's real estate developments, and was charged with deposing him. Beck and the blustery billionaire's attorneys reportedly agreed to a lunch break beforehand, with the understanding that she would use that time to pump in a private room.
The appointed hour came and went, so Beck reminded the group about the break. (Side note: As any nursing mom knows, you can't wait too long to drain milk-filled boobs. If the leaking doesn't get you, the pain certainly will.)
According to Beck, her request sent Trump into a toddler-worthy meltdown. "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," she told CNN on Wednesday.
The Trump camp doesn't deny that he called her disgusting, but Trump's attorney, Allen Garten, said it was because she was going to pump in front of the group at the deposition. He told the network that Beck was setting up the machine right there in the room and "started to move the breast pump toward her breast."
The presidential hopeful has responded to Beck's allegations in a style that's true to his "no apologies" platform, taking to Twitter on Wednesday to point out in a trio of tweets that Beck "lost the case," "was easy for me to beat," and that she "did a terrible job against me."
Setting aside the name-calling for a second, let's consider what appears to have happened in that room: A nursing mom asks for a break, doesn't get one, and as a result, fights for her right to pump. Even if she did set up the machine in front of her colleagues, what's so disgusting about that? More troubling to me is that not only was Beck's very basic request apparently ignored, she was made to feel bad for standing up for herself. That's something no working mom should have to contend with, whether she's behind a register or in a boardroom.
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.