Donald Trump poses next to the 11th hole at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., in 2005. ((Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
Trump wanted to fire women who weren't pretty enough, say employees at his California golf club
Donald Trump wanted only pretty ones, his director of catering claims. After the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes opened for play in 2005, its world-famous owner didn’t stop by more than a few times a year to visit the course hugging the coast of the Pacific.
When Trump did visit, the club’s managers went on alert. They scheduled the young, thin, pretty women on staff to work the clubhouse restaurant — because when Trump saw less-attractive women working at his club, according to court records, he wanted them fired.
"I had witnessed Donald Trump tell managers many times while he was visiting the club that restaurant hostesses were 'not pretty enough' and that they should be fired and replaced with more attractive women,” Hayley Strozier, who was director of catering at the club until 2008, said in a sworn declaration.
Initially, Trump gave this command "almost every time" he visited, Strozier said. Managers eventually changed employee schedules "so that the most attractive women were scheduled to work when Mr. Trump was scheduled to be at the club," she said.
A similar story is told by former Trump employees in court documents filed in 2012 in a broad labor relations lawsuit brought against one of Trump's development companies in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The employees' declarations in support of the lawsuit, which have not been reported in detail until now, show the extent to which they believed Trump, now the Republican presidential nominee, pressured subordinates at one of his businesses to create and enforce a culture of beauty, where female employees' appearances were prized over their skills.
In a 2009 court filing, the company said that any “allegedly wrongful or discriminatory acts” by its employees, if any occurred, would be in violation of company policy and were not authorized.
Employees said in their declarations that the apparent preference for attractive women came from the top.
“Donald Trump always wanted good looking women working at the club,” said Sue Kwiatkowski, a restaurant manager at the club until 2009, in a declaration. "I know this because one time he took me aside and said, ‘I want you to get some good looking hostesses here. People like to see good looking people when they come in.’ ”
As a result, Kwiatkowski said, "I and the other managers always tried to have our most attractive hostesses working when Mr. Trump was in town and going to be on the premises."
Trump has struggled to win female voters' support as he seeks the nation's highest office. In the past, he has insulted women's appearances, sometimes calling them "pigs" or "dogs."
Trump's record with women got renewed attention after this week's presidential debate, when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton told the story of a former beauty pageant winner who said Trump called her "Miss Piggy" when she gained weight.
I do not understand how America can still wear blinders when it comes to this man's attitude toward human rights and only see his pot of gold. God help you all.