Trump was sleazy with a reporter. Her awkward laugh felt all too familiar | Jessica Valenti

Women know from experience that, if a man says something sexual or inappropriate, calling him out is not always the best move

If there’s one thing women know how to do well, it’s deftly handle lecherous men. That’s why it didn’t surprise me when reporter Caitriona Perry laughed and smiled as Donald Trump made inappropriate comments towards her in the Oval Office. She was doing what we’ve all done, so many times over – trying to defuse an uncomfortable situation.

Trump, who was on the phone with the Irish Prime Minister at the time, asked Perry to come towards his desk while he called her “beautiful” and remarked on her “nice smile.” He then said to newly-elected Leo Varadkar, “I bet she treats you well.”

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