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Trumps' Comments on Sexual Harassment Infuriate the Internet

Donald Trump has often said he champions women in the workplace, but his recent comments on sexual harassment put that in doubt. Now, his son Eric, who spoke out in his father’s defense, isn’t helping matters.

On Monday, Trump was asked by columnist Kirsten Powers what he would tell his daughter Ivanka if she were subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace.

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Her question followed the accusations by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson that network chief Roger Ailes had sexually harassed her. Trump is a frequent guest on the news network and its founder, Rupert Murdoch, has endorsed Trump for the presidency.

“I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” Trump told Powers.

To be clear: Donald Trump, possibly the next president of the United States, would advise his daughter to abandon her career all together, or, at least, quit her position, to avoid sexual harassment. 

In her column, Powers points out that most women don’t have the resources to quit a job suddenly. 

“Most importantly, why should a woman be expected to upend her career just because she ended up in the crosshairs of some harasser?” Powers wrote.

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Tuesday, Donald Trump’s son Eric came to his father’s defense on CBS News “This Morning” and doubled down.

“Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman,” he said. “She wouldn’t allow herself to be objected [sic] to it. And by the way, you should certainly take it up with human resources. And I think she definitely would, as a strong person. At the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to it.”

Oh, that’s right. Because women who experience sexual harassment at work “allow” it to happen. 

Let us be clear: No woman deserves to face sexual harassment in the workplace. No woman is “strong” enough to prevent it from the outset. More so, changing careers or quitting a job is not an option for the majority of women on the planet — they have families to support and mouths to feed. 

The EEOC reports that 6,822 compliaints of sexual harassment were filed by people in the U.S. in 2015, with more than 82 percent coming from women.

The Trumps' comments elicited responses from both Carlson and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, who cooperated with the internal investigation into Ailes, along with a few sarcastic takes.