Today in News That Should Surprise No One, it turns out that Donald Trump used to purposely walk in on his beauty pageant contestants while they were dressing and undressing backstage. Audio clips released last week by CNN of Trump's appearances on Howard Stern reveal that Trump, who owned the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants from 1996-2015, often used his position of power to violate the privacy of women, some as young as 15.
In the clip, Stern and Trump are talking about whether or not Trump sleeps with the contestants (Trump says "as the owner of the pageant, it's your obligation to do that," and please God, let's hope he's joking), before Trump proudly spews this bit of horribleness:
Well, I’ll tell you the funniest is that before a show, I’ll go backstage and everyone’s getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. You know, I’m inspecting because I want to make sure that everything is good. You know, the dresses. "Is everyone okay?" You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. "Is everybody okay?" And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.
In May, a former contestant told BuzzFeed News that definitely happened in the 2000 pageant, saying "The time that he walked through the dressing rooms was really shocking. We were all naked." The Trump campaign issued a complete denial at the time, but this newly re-emerged audio of him on Stern clearly contradicts that.
BuzzFeed News also spoke to four contestants from the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, who confirmed that he did indeed walk in on them in various stages of undress. One of them, former Miss Vermont Teen USA, Mariah Billado, told BuzzFeed, ""I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, 'Oh my god, there’s a man in here.'" According to Billado, Trump then said something along the lines of "Don't worry, ladies, I've seen it all before." Oh. Well, that's perfectly okay then, right?
Trump is really so into all the things he can "get away with" because he's rich and famous. Hopefully becoming President of the United States isn't one of them.