Trump to Breastfeeding Lawyer: 'You're Disgusting'

He made ugly remark in 2011 real estate case
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2015 5:32 AM CDT
Trump to Breastfeeding Lawyer: 'You're Disgusting'
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference on July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The New York Times has pored over hundreds of pages of Donald Trump testimony from his many lawsuits over the last decade and found a lot of what it describes as "hyperbolic overstatements" and "outright misstatements," as well as some instances of truly obnoxious behavior—like the time he told a lawyer who wanted to take a break to pump breast milk that she was "disgusting." That happened during a 2011 hearing in a Florida real estate case, the Times reports, when lawyer Elizabeth Beck asked for a medical break to pump milk for her 3-month-old daughter, holding up the pump to make a point when the Trump team objected. "You're disgusting," Trump said, per the Times, and walked out of the room, ending proceedings for the day.

Trump lawyer Alan Garten doesn't dispute the events, but he tells the Times that "disgusting" wasn't a statement on breastfeeding—it was on Beck displaying the pump. "In my 20 years of legal practice, I've never seen more bizarre behavior at a deposition," the lawyer says. "That is what led to his remark." Another Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen, has apologized for falsely claiming that "by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse." He tells CNN that the remark was made in a "moment of shock and anger" when a Daily Beast reporter brought up a decades-old allegation. The Trump campaign tells CNN that Trump "didn't know of his comments but disagrees with them" and that Cohen is a Trump corporate employee not affiliated in any way with the campaign. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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