Donald Trump 'Kissed Pageant Contestants on the Mouth'

NYT looks at his private treatment of women
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2016 10:40 AM CDT
Donald Trump 'Kissed Pageant Contestants on the Mouth'
In this May 3, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in New York.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

The New York Times interviewed dozens of women who have been involved with Donald Trump over the past 40 years—whether socially, romantically, or professionally—as well as men who've known him since adolescence. The goal? To paint a picture of how Trump treats women privately. The Times' conclusion? The interviews revealed "unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct." The newspaper also interviewed Trump, who downplayed, defended, or denied many of the accounts.

One example of what the extensive Times story unveiled: During his first year as owner of the Miss USA pageant, he kissed quite a few contestants on the mouth, recalls Temple Taggart, Miss Utah 1997. "He kissed me directly on the lips. I thought, 'Oh my God, gross.' He was married to Marla Maples at the time. I think there were a few other girls that he kissed on the mouth. I was like 'Wow, that’s inappropriate.'" She says he also invited her to visit him in New York to discuss her modeling career, and advised her to lie and say she was 17, "because in his mind, 21 is too old." Read the full story for much more. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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