GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump has gotten into hot water during his campaign for his comments about women – whether it was saying Fox News debate host Megyn Kelly had "blood coming out of her wherever" or saying of fellow candidate Carly Fiorina's face, "Would anyone vote for that?"
But women who have worked for Trump over the years tell The Washington Post
their boss was always fair and encouraging to women even if he was sometimes boorish.
Louise Sunshine spoke of how Trump kept an unflattering picture of her when she was overweight and showed it to her when she did something he didn't approve of.
Still, she said, thinking of the picture motivates her even today when she gains weight, and she supports his presidential bid.
Despite her praise, Trump told the Post that Sunshine's story was "totally false and ridiculous."
Other women agree Trump can say things that seem sexist, but add that he was ahead of his time and was always very positive toward women, promoting them to top positions, encouraging them and allowing them time to attend to family activities.
Some said they felt they were instantly part of the "old boys network" without having to change to be like a man.
Barbara Res, who was in charge of building his Trump Tower in Manhattan, said he once said, "men are better than women, but a good woman is better than 10 good men."
Trump has more female executives than males, his lawyer, Michael Cohen, told the Post. They head human resources, golf and hotel management, and global licensing.
Trump is more interested in hiring smart people than anything else, many women say.
But many of them feel that while his brash style works in business, it doesn't do as well in politics.
Ereka Vetrini, who appeared on "The Apprentice," said she can't just overlook the comments he made about Kelly and Fiorina.
Res agreed, saying she differs with Trump on abortion and Obamacare.
"[H]is policies, the things he says he believes in, are very anti-women," she said. "I'm voting for Hillary.
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