On Monday evening, Donald Trump met with the editorial board of the Washington Post, and following the interview reportedly told a female reporter she was "beautiful." The reporter, Karen Attiah, tweeted about the incident, and wrote an article detailing the encounter.
Trump took a question from Attiah at the end of the interview, and she describes how the remark took place afterwards:
As the meeting ended and we were walking out of the room, I thanked Trump for taking my question. He turned to me and said, “I really hope I answered your question,” and added casually with a smile, “Beautiful.” I was stunned. I didn’t say thank you, and I don’t think I smiled. He then walked out to meet with my Post colleagues briefly before heading to the elevator. I stayed in the conference room for a few minutes as it sunk in that the potential GOP nominee for president thought it was okay to comment on my appearance. Did he just say that?
Regrettably, Internet trolls sounded their battle cry and immediately added their takes on the situation:
That troll, Mike Cernovich, is the same one who tweeted the following when a "legal rape" men's rights blogger had his identity leaked in February:
Several trolls felt it was an overreaction, or even faked:
Regardless of the trolls, Attiah was stunned that over the incident and, ultimately, saddened:
Perhaps he thought that calling me beautiful would make me ignore the fact that he brazenly lied about his polling numbers among Hispanic voters. Or make me believe that he wasn’t really a racist. Who knows? At least now I know, firsthand, that the sexism that Trump puts on display against Megyn Kelly under the lights of national TV is not that much different from how he is in real life toward female journalists.
To any prospective trolls, realize that Attiah has simply reported what she claims Trump said to her. She should be commended for maintaining her professionalism, and avoiding such obvious comebacks as, "thanks, but I don't date frosted hams" or "I'd shake your hands but they're too small."