The New York Times has a story today about Donald Trump’s behavior during depositions in the many lawsuits he’s party to. You’ll be shocked to learn that he lies, bloviates, exaggerates, and generally behaves like a cranky orange toddler in need of a time-out. In one particularly bizarre incident, a female lawyer showed him a breast pump, telling him she needed to take a break to pump milk. In response, Trump told her, “You’re disgusting.”
The story is drawn from a series of depositions Trump gave between 2007 and 2013, and it reveals a man with, as the Times genteelly puts it, a “tenuous” relationship with the truth, i.e. that he admits that he routinely lies or exaggerates about the value of his properties, his net worth, and how much he was paid to give speeches. In one instance, he testified that he estimates the value of his portfolio based in part on his “feelings.” Us too. We’re worth one jiggity million dollars.
But it’s the breast pump incident that really highlights the way Trump works the last nerve of every seemingly sane person who comes into contact with him. He was in the midst of being questioned by attorney Elizabeth Beck about a lawsuit involving a failed real estate deal in Florida when, per the Times, he grew irritated and told her that her questions were “very stupid.” But he and his lawyers protested when Beck asked for a break to pump:
Ms. Beck said it was urgent— she needed to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old daughter, and she took the pump out to make her point.
Mr. Trump erupted.
“You’re disgusting,” he told Ms. Beck, in a remark that is not disputed by either side. He then walked out of the room, ending testimony for the day.
Alan Garten, one of Trump’s attorneys, told the Times that Trump’s tantrum “was in no way a statement about her decision to breast-feed or pump.” He suggested that Beck was trying to buy time to come up more questions for Trump; it actually sounds like she grew exasperated after politely asking for a break and finally whipped out the breastfeeding gear as a last resort.
The valuable lesson for each of us here is that Donald Trump can be banished from a room with the display of a breast pump.
Trump in Iowa, July 26, 2015. Photo via AP Images
Photo via AP Images