“He’s Like a Real Man”: Trump’s Female Supporters Stand Firmly Behind Him

14 October 2016
Kelly Desorto, a 45-year-old single mother, said she was not offended by the recently leaked video of Trump speaking in lewd terms about his behaviour towards women.
Niha Masih
Kelly Desorto, a 45-year-old single mother, said she was not offended by the recently leaked video of Trump speaking in lewd terms about his behaviour towards women.
Niha Masih

On the afternoon of 8 October, outside Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, Kelly Desorto laughed when I asked her if the latest revelation of Donald Trump’s misogyny offended her. “It made me laugh,” Desorto, a 45-year-old single mother from New Jersey, replied. “I said to myself: Oh my god, he's like a real man. He says things that a man would do. You would have to be gay not to want to hit on a pretty woman. You know what I mean.”

I was speaking with Desorto just a day after the Washington Post released a recording from 2005, in which Trump speaks in vulgar, sexist language, boasting about his sexually predatory behaviour towards women. The audio was captured on a hot microphone before a taping for the television show Access Hollywood, in a private conversation between Trump and Billy Bush, who was an anchor on the programme. Some of Trump’s recorded quotes include:

“I did try and fuck her. She was married.”
“You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”
“Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.”

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    Niha Masih Niha Masih is an independent journalist and photographer based in New York, focusing on politics, social justice and conflict reportage. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, she was a correspondent at NDTV. She tweets @nihamasih.

    Keywords: women election debate sexism Donald Trump Hillary Clinton misogyny US Presidential Election 2016 United States of America poll
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