a view with which I fully agree




I am not a Donald Trump supporter.

But, for what my opinion is worth, I think it’s high time that people came to their senses about issues raised, supposedly, in an article published in the The New York Times of May 14, 2016

Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private

By Michael Barbaro and Megan Twohey



See letter to editor of The New York Times below, plus additional comments of mine, which follow.

— Roger W. Smith

      May 17, 2016




Your article about Donald Trump and women is truly laughable. So the man likes pretty women — that is front-page news? Your reporters interviewed dozens of women who had worked with or for Mr. Trump over four decades, and this is what you found: He likes women, promotes them, mentors them and comments on their appearance. Tell us something we did not know!

— Jeanne Hosinski (letter to the New York Times, May 17, 2016)







The following are exchanges of comments I had on Facebook with relatives who responded to and commented on the above post of mine.

— Roger W. Smith

      May 17, 2016



a relative:

How about the recent times when he publicly and gratuitously insulted women on national television?



response from Roger W. Smith:

I acknowledge that Trump did do this (insult women via the media) and that it does not speak well for him. You are right to bring it up. But the article in the NY Times never mentioned these recent instances and instead delved into Trump’s past to show, for example, that he was known as a ladies’ man in high school (as if this proved something).

I felt it was full of trivial information that they dredged up pointlessly, which the letter writer put well. There was no substance to the article.

I feel that there is underlying point that is being made in the article – that there is something wrong about men being attracted to women. This is a point of view with which I disagree.



What follows are two knee jerk responses from angry relatives of mine who are so inflexible in their views, so anxious to make their dislike of Trump known to all and sundry (they are incapable of deliberative thought), that they missed the point of my post.


 a relative:

NY Times article notwithstanding, Trump’s a pig, through and through.

a relative:

Agreed. Trump is a despicable, reprehensible misogynist — always has been and always will be. His continual objectifications of women, assessing them as to whether or not they are “pigs,” have breasts big enough and worthy enough to be rated a 10, and referring to Megyn Kelly as “bleeding from her wherever” are beyond disgusting and not indicative of the kind of man I would want in command at the White House. Now he has the chutzpah to criticize Clinton for womanizing and mistreating women. What a hypocrite! “Women love me!” he claims. Not this one!

About Roger W. Smith

Roger W. Smith is a writer and independent scholar based in New York City. His experience includes freelance writing and editing, business writing, book reviewing, and the teaching of writing and literature as an adjunct professor. Mr. Smith's interests include personal essays and opinion pieces; American and world literature; culture, especially books and reading; current issues that involve social, moral, and philosophical views; and experiences of daily living from a ground level perspective. He hosts separate websites devoted to the authors Theodore Dreiser and Pitirim A. Sorokin and to classical music as well as family history/genealogy.
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