“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.”

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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