All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator
a book by Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy
(our site's book review)
The Amazon blurb says that With groundbreaking interviews, behind-the-scenes reporting, and never-before-seen photos, All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator records 43 new allegations of sexual misconduct against President Trump.
During his 2016 presidential run, the revelation of the Access Hollywood tape and subsequent allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against Donald Trump looked like they might doom his candidacy. Trump survived, and the first two years of the real estate scion's presidency were marked not by controversy over his behavior around women but by the Mueller investigation.
So far, Trump has dodged the #MeToo bullet that has taken down so many once-powerful men
So far, Trump has dodged the #MeToo bullet that has taken down so many once-powerful men. But despite the decades of tabloid fascination with his personal life, the story of Trump's relationship with women has never been fully told. Considering his bully pulpit in the White House, the reckoning is overdue.
Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy detail more than a dozen new allegations against Trump, including a disturbing attack on a woman at Mar-a-Lago, an incident at a private Manhattan sex club involving a teenage girl, as well as Trump's behavior at fashion shows and beauty pageants--events that gave the future president a hunting ground to harass young women.
Veteran journalists Levine and El-Faizy tell the story of Trump from the point of view of the women in his orbit--wives, mistresses, playmates, and those whom the president has dated, kissed, groped, or lusted after.
'You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass,' said Donald Trump in 1991
David Cay Johnson, one of Trump's biographers, said that "Domald has been living the year he was thirteen for the last sixty years." (Referring to Trump's military academy attendance from ages 13 to 17.) Trump has been emulating Hugh Hefner for many decades, believing it is manly even when it is mostly misogynistic and sexist.
The authors say "In this book, we seek to take a comprehensive look at the subject of Trump and women—his attitudes about them, his history with them, their views of him, and the impact of his presidency on them. Where did Trump's sexist sense of male supremacy come from? To answer that question, we trace Trump's transformation from a kid from Queens to high school 'ladies' man' into a womanizing, model-chasing, porn-star-frequenting philanderer. We look at his early days on the dating scene in college and as a young adult in New York, his emergence as a prominent businessman, then as a television personality, and, finally, as a politician. We examine the things he has said about women . . ."
On January 21, 2017, hundreds of thousands of women wearing pink cat-eared 'pussy hats' flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. to rally against the elevation to the presidency of a man who had advocated, on tape, sexual assault
The authors say "On January 21, 2017, the day after Donald J. Trump was inaugurated the forty-fifth president of the United States of America, hundreds of thousands of women wearing pink cat-eared 'pussy hats' flooded the streets of Washington, D.C. They did so to champion a panoply of issues, but mainly to rally against the elevation to the presidency of a man who had advocated, on tape, sexual assault. The women in Washington were joined by millions of women in other U.S. cities and around the world. In D.C. alone, the gathering represented the largest single-day march in U.S. history."
The authors say "After considering all the evidence, one cannot but conclude that Donald Trump is, and has been for some time, a full-blown sexual predator." He learned his values about women from Playboy magazine, where women are objectified. Women's feelings, ambitions, wisdom, brains, abilities and character did not matter. Only their bodies and fancy clothing mattered. None of the guys Trump knew nor Trump himself were embarrassed to have such hideously shallow values. If they were good enough for Hugh Hefner, they were good enough for Donald J. Trump.
It is incredible that raising his gorgeous, lovable, gentle, smart daughter Ivanka didn't teach him to dump the foolish, sexist, misogynistic values of his youth and replace them with real human values. But no, he compartmentalized so that family got one Trump and everyone else got the Trump with foolish, sexist, misogynistic values of a predatory 13-year-old addicted to Playboy magazines. Trump is over 70 years old and neither his values, his objectification of women, nor his dietary ideas have matured one iota. As his biographer says, Domald has been living the year he was thirteen for the last sixty years.
As Trump's biographer says, Domald has been living the year he was thirteen for the last sixty years
How could he possibly insult Megyn Kelly on “CNN Tonight.’’ with such demeaning, misogynistic crudity when he was campaigning to be president? (“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever,” he said. Trump’s fury was sparked by Kelly’s opening question, asking if calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” is behavior befitting a president.)
'You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful—I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the p****. You can do anything.' (even to America?)
"'It was bizarre because I became the story. He was so very focused on me that I became the story, and you know, you never want to be the story when you’re a newsperson,' Megyn Kelly said on ABC News. 'You want to be covering the story, so it was like an ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ experience. . . . Kelly questioned whether Trump was a 'sexual predator' after mentioning a hot-mic 'Access Hollywood' tape from 2005 in which he boasted of being able to grope women without their consent because of his stardom. He has defended his comments as nothing more than 'locker room banter.'” (Source: A History of the Donald Trump-Megyn Kelly Feud, PAOLA CHAVEZ, VERONICA STRACQUALURSI and MEGHAN KENEALLY, ABC News)
Megyn Kelly experienced becoming the story rather than reporting the story as an ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ experience
Why wasn't Trump able to mature like most adults do? The authors say "Trump developed what is known as an avoidant attachment style. People develop their attachment styles in early childhood, and when a child doesn't get the parental (or caregiver) attention necessary to develop healthy emotional connections, that child can develop attachment anxiety. The result can be a person who craves intimacy but has difficulty trusting people. Alternatively, someone might develop attachment avoidance, leading them to be generally distrustful of others and to eschew closeness. People with attachment avoidance tend to have unstable relationships and be overly self-reliant."
According to the authors, Trump was happy with wife Ivana for a while, but she became a successful businesswoman that started to overshadow Trump. Trump hated that—he wanted a wife to be someone who catered to HIS needs only. He was pleased she gave him three kids, but once she had grown beyond his control, he lost interest and the marriage was over. Ivana charged him with rape but later withdrew the charge.
"In October 2016, Trump publicly vowed to sue all the women who have made allegations of sexual assault (e.g. non-consensual kissing or groping) or sexual harassment against him, as well as The New York Times for publishing the allegations, but he has yet to follow through with any legal action. . . . Although Ivanka Trump has claimed to be shocked over Trump's 2005 lewd Access Hollywood tapes, calling them 'inappropriate and offensive', she has refused directly to address the issue of her father's alleged sexual assault. In contrast, Donald Trump Jr. described the 2005 comments as 'a fact of life', and Eric Trump dismissed all allegations of assault as 'dirty tricks' from the Clinton campaign." (Source: Donald Trump sexual misconduct allegations, Wikipedia)
Trump was a model hound, attending all the model parties
Trump was a model hound, attending all the model parties. He was a predator chasing models like they were sheep to devour, say the authors. He would have sex with some of them. He would act wolf-like and use his 6'3" frame to pin them to the wall and act sexually aggressive. They would get scared and agree to things they didn't want to do. He was a bully and they were mere prey—meat to devour.
Trump would act wolf-like and use his 6'3" frame to pin them to the wall and act sexually aggressive. They would get scared and agree to things they didn't want to do. He was a bully and they were mere prey
All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator capably examines why this type of behavior by our President (and many other powerful men) usually goes unchecked and unpunished in modern day America, although Harvey Weinstein, Bill O'Reilly, Al Franken, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer, Steve Wynn, Leslie Moonves, Roman Polanski, Morgan Freeman, Scott Baio, Ben Affleck, George H.W. Bush, Rep. John Conyers Jr., David Copperfield, Michael Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Mark Halperin, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Jackson, Corey Lewandowski, Roy Moore, Steven Seagal, Sylvester Stallone, George Takei, Jeffrey Tambor, R. Kelly, and Roger Ailes might disagree as they all encountered serious consequences due to #MeToo.
"All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator is breezy but heavy. Unlike Stormy Daniels’ 2018 bestseller Full Disclosure, none of it is entertaining. Not surprisingly, the White House declined multiple opportunities to rebut the book’s contentions. It takes us from Trump’s days growing up in Queens to his arrival in the Oval Office and chronicles everything in between, mommy and daughter issues included. Much has been heard before, some is aired for the first time, little is pleasant, plenty is disturbing. The book rests upon firsthand interviews, transcripts and prior reports. . . . It is unlikely All the President's Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator will change many, if any, minds about Trump" (Source: All the President's Women review: Donald Trump, sexual predator, Lloyd Green, the Guardian)
The book's authors' [Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy] accusations wash over a reader like a tidal wave of sewage until you are thoroughly caked in muck and lightheaded from the stink
"Ew. That’s really the only way to describe the experience of reading All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator, a deep dive into the many allegations that depict Trump’s relationships with women as vulgar, misogynistic, demeaning, sometimes violent and always puerile. The accusations wash over a reader like a tidal wave of sewage until you are thoroughly caked in muck and lightheaded from the stink. . . . The theme of this book is quite straightforward: The president is a pig. But is Trump, who was not interviewed by the authors, something more than that? Is he a sexual predator? An actual criminal?" (Source: A thorough, revolting history of Trump’s behavior toward women, Robin Givhan, Washington Post)
Givhan says: The theme of this book is quite straightforward: the president is a pig
". . . the new reporting — which includes the account of one woman who said that Trump, true to his 'Access Hollywood' bragging, grabbed her by her genitals and kissed her without her consent in the early 2000s — the lack of response from the White House demonstrates how unsurprising, how normal it has become to hear accusations that the president kissed multiple women without their consent; groped numerous women, including putting his hands up a woman’s skirt to touch her genitals; had sex with adult film actresses and paid for their silence; barged into dressing rooms to ogle teenage girls and see them naked; and sexually assaulted a woman in Bergdorf Goodman’s." (Source: ‘All the President’s Women’ Authors on the Dangers of Normalizing Trump’s ‘Predatory’ Behavior, the Wrap)
"At worst, the way All the President’s Women: Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator intermixes Trump’s rich-guy philandering with his alleged assaults completely undermines its ability to do his accusers justice. The authors never say outright that Trump’s alleged sex crimes fall in the same category as his boorish-but-legal macho misbehavior, but it’s hard to follow their hairpin turns from titillating gossip-pages content to stories of alleged abuse that deeply traumatized several women without coming away with the sense that the line between the two is blurrier than it actually is." (Source: They Let Him Do It, Christina Cauterucci, Slate)
Will Trump end up here for all his alleged crimes against women?
Here is a young and beautiful piece of ass, also known as rump roast (a fresh and beautiful cut of meat)
“You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass,” said Donald Trump in a 1991 interview with Esquire magazine. In September 2004, on Howard Stern, Trump comments on his daughter Ivanka's body and, when asked, tells Stern that it is okay for him to call his daughter "a piece of ass." Our opinion is that this is so far beyond ugly it couldn't catch a bus back to ugly.
Telling Howard Stern it's okay to call Ivanka a piece of ass is so far beyond ugly it couldn't catch a bus back to ugly
Tired of Trump's lies, bullying, sexual assaults, misogyny, racism, and xenophobia, Nancy Pelosi expressed her feelings clearly at the 2020 State of the Union Speech on camera: At the end of the speech, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tore up her copy of the speech. Pelosi defended her actions, saying "He shredded the truth, so I shredded his speech. What we heard last night was a disgrace." (Source: 2020 State of the Union Address, Wikipedia)
Nancy Pelosi rips up Trump's 2020 State of the Union Speech on camera
Nancy Pelosi, Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy have all climbed aboard the Trump hate train