GREENWICH, CT – JUNE 11: Gretchen Carlson speaks Women at the Top: Female Empowerment in Media Panel at the 2016 Greenwich International Film Festival on June 12, 2016 in Greenwich, Connecticut. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for GIFF)
Gretchen Carlson had the perfect response to Eric Trump’s ridiculous comments about sexual harassment.
On Tuesday morning, Eric Trump echoed his father’s sentiments about Carlson’s lawsuit against Roger Ailes. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told USA Today that he was skeptical about Carlson’s sexual harassment allegations, and that a woman (like his daughter, Ivanka) “would find another career or find another company,” rather than subject herself to harassment. Eric clarified his father’s statement, telling “CBS This Morning”:
“I think what he’s saying is, Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be objected [sic] to it, and by the way, you should take it up with Human Resources, and I think she would, as a strong person; at the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to that. I think that’s a point he was making, and I think he did so well.”
The comments have (rightfully) come under fire for putting the onus on a woman to report sexual harassment or leave a job because of it, rather than acknowledge that men need to simply stop harassing women in the workplace.
On Tuesday morning, Carlson responded on Twitter:
Being “strong” will not minimize the likelihood a woman will be victimized in the workplace, and choosing to stay with in a job or profession even if you’re being harassed by no means makes a woman weak.
Even more, taking on a lawsuit against one of the media industry’s most powerful men sounds like a herculean task ― so it doesn’t seem like strength is something that Carlson is lacking.