"It rubs the lotion on the skin or else it gets the hose again."
We all know The Donald's a douche, but the way he treated our colleague Elizabeth Beck is just wrong:
Donald J. Trump seemed irritated. He had been grilled for two hours in a lawsuit over a failed Florida real estate project, and he told the lawyer that her questions were “very stupid.”When the lawyer, Elizabeth Beck, asked for a medical break, Mr. Trump and his lawyers objected, demanding that the deposition continue. Ms. Beck said it was urgent — she needed to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, and she took the pump out to make her point.Mr. Trump erupted.“You’re disgusting,” he told Ms. Beck, in a remark that is not disputed by either side. He then walked out of the room, ending the testimony for the day.
Here's a little more detail:
His temper sometimes flared. Under questioning by Ms. Beck in 2011 in the Florida real estate case, he was insulting. “Do you even know what you’re doing?” he challenged her.But when Ms. Beck insisted on pausing for an hour to pump breast milk, Mr. Trump, in the words of her husband, had “a meltdown” during a break in the deposition. In a letter at the time, Mr. Beck said
Mr. Trump had called his wife “uptight” as well as “disgusting.”Mr. Garten, the Trump lawyer, did not dispute Mr. Beck’s account of Mr. Trump’s language, but said it “was in no way a statement about her decision to breast-feed or pump.”“It was solely the fact that she was appearing to do it in the middle of a deposition,” he said — although no one involved suggested that she had gone beyond displaying the pump.
Mr. Garten added: “In my 20 years of legal practice, I’ve never seen more bizarre behavior at a deposition. That is what led to his remark.”
Mr. Garten said that “every accommodation” had been made for Ms. Beck to take breaks, but that he believed she was seeking to buy time to come up with new questions for Mr. Trump. The Becks lost one of their cases against Mr. Trump and are appealing.
What do you all think of this?
On the one hand, an hour seems like a long time to pump milk in the middle of a deposition, but does that justify the abusive words?
And I know Trump's lawyer is putting the best spin he can to protect his client, but there's nothing really "bizarre" about her request IMHO (except perhaps the length).
The suggestion that she needed another hour just to come up with more questions is also condescending, and the whole episode has a slightly sexist air to it, at least to me.
But that's why I'm not worth $9 billion, I guess.