Reporter accuses Trump of hitting on her . . . turns out – ‘he called me beautiful’ – GASP!

In what may have been an effort to hitch a ride on the Donald Trump train and take advantage of all the publicity it generates, a reporter claimed that she got hit on Monday by none other than the Republican presidential front-runner himself.

But when she explained the incident, it sounded more like someone desperate for attention.

The Washington Post’s Karen Attiah tweeted:

BuzzFeed’s Hayes Brown shot back a request which earned the reply:

The incident took place at a meeting with The Washington Post’s editorial board of which Attiah is a member. Her story appeared Monday night under the headline, “I asked Trump a policy question. Then he called me ‘beautiful.’”

That’s it? He called her beautiful?

In the article, Attiah described the hour-long meeting in which Trump answered questions from the entire board. She indicated that she asked the businessman about his negative poll numbers and whether he felt his rhetoric at campaign events was divisive. Then she said this:

As the meeting ended and we were walking out of the room, I thanked Trump for taking my question. He turned to me and said, “I really hope I answered your question,” and added casually with a smile, “Beautiful.” I was stunned. I didn’t say thank you, and I don’t think I smiled. He then walked out to meet with my Post colleagues briefly before heading to the elevator. 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. Did he just say that?

 

Making an observation is now called “hitting on” a person? Later on, she admitted to her own prejudices against Trump.

Perhaps he thought that calling me beautiful would make me ignore the fact that he brazenly lied about his polling numbers among Hispanic voters. Or make me believe that he wasn’t really a racist. Who knows? 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.

 

And perhaps her own preconceived opinions of Trump as a racist and sexist played a role in her assessment that the candidate was hitting on her.

Editor’s note: Originally BPR included the following tweet that offers a valid explanation for how Attiah could have twisted misread Trump’s words:

If you look closely, you can see that it’s from a fake Trump Twitter account.

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