WASHINGTON, Feb 27 : Donald Trump's objectification of women started well before his campaign for the Republican nomination, at least judging by comments he made about whether he could have had sex with Princess Diana in an interview shortly after she was killed in a car crash.
Trump's campaign has been marked by provocative and controversial comments about women, which follow a number of "sexist" claims made in recent years.
In a 1997 interview recently unearthed by BuzzFeed, Trump and radio show host Howard Stern discussed the late Princess's attractiveness and whether the billionaire magnate would have been able to "nail" Diana.
Trump claimed Diana had sent him the "most beautiful, warm letter" after he did her a personal favour
nd sent her some flowers.
"Why do people think it's egotistical of you to say you could've gotten with Lady Di?" Stern asked Trump. "You could've gotten her, right? You could've nailed her."
Trump replied: "I think I could have."
Stern then suggested Diana was "not that attractive", to which he responded: "She was actually really beautiful. I thought she was supermodel beautiful.
"She had times when she didn't look great and she had times when she looked better than anyone in the world. But she had supermodel ... she had the height, she had this, she had magnificent skin, she was a great beauty."
Meanwhile, the Republican party's last-gasp bid to deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination suffered a momentous setback on Friday, when the billionaire won the shock endorsement of charismatic conservative grandee Chris Christie.
Christie -- a New Jersey governor once seen as White House material himself -- jettisoned earlier criticism to describe Trump as best placed to defeat Democrats in the November election and "provide America with the strong leadership that it needs."
"The single most important thing for
the party is to nominate the person to give us the best chance to beat Hillary Clinton," said Christie, who joined Trump on the campaign trail in Florida to pledge his support, two weeks after dropping out of the race himself.
?THE INDEPENDENT, AFP