A Washington Post journalist said Donald Trump called her “beautiful” after she asked him a policy question during a meeting with the paper’s editorial board Monday.
In a piece published on the Post’s website, Karen Attiah, deputy digital editor for the publication’s opinion section, wrote that she was “stunned” by the incident.
Attiah wrote that during the meeting, she pushed Trump to answer questions on his message of racial inclusion.
According to a transcript of the conversation posted on The Washington Post’s website, Trump told Attiah that he is “the least racist person that you will ever meet.” She then pressed him on his rhetoric and how it might be divisive for the country.
He responded by noting that he has had “Muslims call and tell me you’re right with the Muslim thing, I think it’s a serious problem . . . you know you may think of it as negative, many people think it’s very positive.”
At the meeting’s end, Attiah wrote that after she thanked Trump for taking her questions, he said he hoped he had answered them, “and added casually with a smile, ‘Beautiful.’ ”
Attiah wrote that she was stunned.
“I stayed in the conference room for a few minutes as it sunk in that the potential GOP nominee for president thought it was okay to comment on my appearance,” she wrote.
“In Trump’s world, commenting on a woman’s appearance in a professional setting is fair game,” she continued. “At least now I know, firsthand, that the sexism that Trump puts on display against Megyn Kelly under the lights of national TV is not that much different from how he is in real life toward female journalists.”