Donald Trump Berated Breastfeeding Lawyer: "You're Disgusting"
During a 2011 deposition, a lawyer suing Trump requested a medical break to pump for her 3-month-old daughter.
In a newly released 2011 deposition from a Florida real estate case, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump revealed his distaste for another group besides Mexican immigrants and soldiers who had the misfortune of being captured during combat: breastfeeding women.
According to the New York Times, attorney Elizabeth Beck had requested a medical break during a 2-hour questioning in order to pump for her 3-month-old daughter. Beck, at the time, was representing clients who claimed to have lost thousands of dollars in a failed real estate deal involving Trump.
The transcript shows that Trump and his lawyers wanted the deposition to continue, despite Beck's request. Beck then pulled the pump out of her bag to underscore the urgency of the situation.
"You're disgusting," Trump told Beck before leaving the room.
The Times dug up the exchange after reviewing hundreds of pages of depositions, drawn from a series of lawsuits since 2007. They reveal that Trump can be abrasive when pressed by lawyers representing his adversaries. But Alan Garten, a lawyer for Trump, defends his client, saying that the depositions show that, "Mr. Trump, unlike the other candidates (all of whom are career politicians), is a determined businessman who stands up for what he believes, speaks his mind and talks from the heart."
While Garten didn’t dispute the language Trump used with Beck, he said that the comments were not "a statement about her decision to breast-feed or pump. It was solely the fact that she was appearing to do it in the middle of a deposition,” he said.
The Times notes that no one present at the time of the deposition suggested that Beck intended to pump right there in the room.