In case you’ve been living under a rock or just inexplicably separated from your phone for the past 24 hours, Donald Trump’s participation in last night’s GOP presidential debate lived up to its promise to make for some, shall we say, memorable moments. Besides his confirmation that he would NOT promise to endorse a GOP nominee other than himself, Trump made waves when he answered moderator Megyn Kelly’s question about some less-than-PC comments he’d allegedly made about women.
Among the women called out in Kelly’s question was former “Celebrity Apprentice” candidate — and former Playboy model — Brande Roderick, to whom Trump allegedly said it would “be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.” Predictably, The Donald has been swirling in controversy — and condemnation — for both the original comments and his response to them.
However, today he’s also receiving support from an unlikely source — Ms. Roderick herself — who surprised just about everyone when she spoke in the candidate’s defense.
Via The Daily Caller:
During the GOP debate Thursday night, Megyn Kelly brought up the season of “Celebrity Apprentice” when Donald Trump told Brande Roderick it would be “a pretty picture to see her on her knees,” and now Roderick is defending Trump, saying she doesn’t remember him making the comment in the first place.
“Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks,” Kelly said to Trump. “You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”
Trump defended himself by arguing that the country is too politically correct, and the former Playboy Playmate is defending him as well.
“Like him, I didn’t even remember him saying that,” Roderick said during an interview on MSNBC Friday morning. “I’ve always had a positive experience around Donald. He’s always been encouraging. He’s never been disrespectful to me.”
“I don’t condone men being derogatory, but I think he’s just on television. He’s trying to be funny. He didn’t mean anything horrible by it.”
Now, Ms. Roderick herself is the target of some flak for standing up for Trump. Apparently, she should’ve been more outraged.
Personally, I think we all should be free to feel how we feel — rather than adopt faux outrage because someone else tells us to. While I may or may not have reacted differently in her shoes, I respect Ms. Roderick’s right to feel Trump’s comment was no biggie based on her overall experience with him personally.
Similarly, we’re all free to decide for ourselves whether such comments make any difference on a candidate’s qualification to be President of the United States.