Babies need to eat, sometimes even in the middle of depositions. Sometimes even if it inconveniences Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. That’s how it works, or how it’s supposed to work.
But when attorney Elizabeth Beck requested a break from a deposition in order to pump breastmilk for her 3-month old, Trump told Beck, “You’re disgusting,” before leaving the room.
In a Babble story about the courtroom incident, Rachel Bertsche reports:
“Alan Garten, a lawyer for Trump who was present at the deposition, told the Times that Trump’s statement ‘was in no way a statement about her decision to breastfeed or pump. It was solely the fact that she was appearing to do it in the middle of a deposition,’ and Garten said Beck was using the pump break as an excuse to get extra time to come up with questions for Trump.”
This kind of response is disappointing enough coming from a man, but from someone running for presidential office, it’s a disgrace.
“It’s out of touch for anyone, particularly a candidate for president, to call breastfeeding disgusting.” Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, executive director of CEO and MomsRising, told Yahoo Parenting, adding that all parents are paying close attention to how presidential candidates can represent working families. As well they should. It can—and should—work much better than this!