Oh yes, the news about Donald Trump keep piling up and it does not make his situation any better. I don’t know how many people know, but Trump ran a football team – the New Jersey Generals – in the 80s and it failed miserably. At that time, the event had made the headlines but the thing is, it was not only that that brought attention to his awful ways. What it’s really disturbing is the team’s cheerleader calendar and all the stories about the ways in which he treated the girls.
The presidential candidate was proud of his cheerleading team and he would invite any man to look at the girls as if they were property.
“After Dave Lapham signed his contract with the Generals, in the owner’s office at Trump Tower, Trump suggested that Lapham go downstairs and join the festivities. As one of his first acts as owner, Trump was staging a competition to select the team’s cheerleaders. Hundreds of beautiful women had shown up for the first round. Ivana Trump, Donald’s wife, was designing the uniforms. Jimmy Gould, the team president, suggested they be called The Trumpettes. And Trump had turned this final round into an event, girls lined up everywhere around the Trump Tower. ‘We were like two little kids in a candy store,’ Gould said.”
That sound a bit sleazy but also sort of typical for such events. What raises real suspicions is the fact that he used to take the girls to bars in order to parade in front of drunk men all while wearing skimpy outfits.
The story was reported by the “Associated Press” in 1984. Check it out:
“The women said that in a meeting last Thursday with Generals’ vice president Charles Theokus and Emily Magrish, director of promotions, they were given an updated schedule that listed more tavern work, in addition to appearances at a parade and a department store. Before last week’s meeting, Madeline Coangelo, director of the squad, and Robin Hoctor Horneff, the choreographer, went to New York to talk about the cheerleaders’ gripes with the wife of team owner Donald Trump. Ms. Coangelo said she spoke instead with a Trump employee and submitted her resignation several days later. ‘I really don’t feel that going into bars in these skimpy outfits in front of 25 drunken men is the kind of publicity we should be involved in,’ Ms. Coangelo said.”
Not long after, more girls started lo leave the cheerleader team.
“‘They knew the bottom line was that they were going to cheer for all nine games,’ said Kevin MacConnell, director of public relations for the United States Football League team [Generals]. ‘It’s one of the biggest things in the contract.’…’They’ve been cheering at home games for three weeks,’ said MacConnell. ‘They had some appearances already. Apparently 18 of the girls felt we are doing the right things.’ MacConnell added that the bars where the women had been scheduled to appear are ‘reputable places.’ ‘The bottom line is they got their grievances out,’ he said. ‘We’ll go on with the girls we have. We will add some of the alternates (to the squad) and go from there.'”
But of course they were, and who knows what other awful things Trump put the women though behind closed doors. The article goes on and on about the events that took places at that time and it is a must read. In a few words however, despite 400 women showing up for auditions, once the team was formed more than one thirst of the girls dropped out immediately. If this is not a sign of how poorly they were treated I don’t know what is.