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Trump: Ivanka should quit if sexually harassed

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Donald Trump doesn't want his daughter to be as litigious as him. Photo: Getty
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Republican candidate Donald Trump says he hoped his daughter Ivanka would simply find another job if she experienced sexual harassment at work.

Trump made the comments in reference to multiple claims of sexual assault levelled at former Fox News chief Roger Ailes – including by Trump’s media nemesis, Megyn Kelly.

Former Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a law suit claiming Ailes slashed her salary and eventually terminated her contract when she refused his sexual advances.

When asked by USA Today columnist Kristin Powers, Trump said he wouldn’t want his daughter to complain.

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Ivanka, who works for her father, told the RNC he would fight for female rights. Photo: Getty

“I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case,” he told USA Today on Tuesday.

“Some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them.”

It’s been a bad week for Trump and women, just two weeks after Ivanka promised the Republican National Convention her father would fight for female rights.

Trump savaged over Khan attack

The lion’s share of Trump’s airtime this week has been consumed by his verbal attacks on the parents of a Muslim American who died fighting in the Iraq war.

Humayun Khan was killed when he tried to stop two suicide bombers from detonating near his base in 2004.

Speaking at the DNC with his wife Ghazala by his side, Khizr Khan told the crowd his son would not have even been allowed into the country if Trump’s immigration policy were a reality.

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Trump alleged Khizr Khan, or Islam, might be silencing his wife. Photo: Getty

An angry Trump took aim at Mr Khan for not sharing the microphone with his wife, suggesting she may have been prevented from speaking.

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Trump has previously claimed that women voters don’t like Hilary Clinton. Photo: Getty

“She had nothing to say … Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”

Ghazala Khan responded with a fiery piece in the Washington Post.

Khan said she was too upset to speak at the conference and chastised Trump for knowing “nothing about Islam” nor “true sacrifice”.

The hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow began trending on Twitter, with Muslim PhD candidates, journalists and entrepreneurs telling Trump they had not been silenced by their religion.

A CNN poll released on Monday showed Hillary Clinton ahead of Trump by a margin of 57 per cent to 34 per cent for women voters.

Trump’s criticism of the Khans, who are known as a ‘Gold Star’ family in the US after losing a child to war, has been denounced by both sides of politics.

Barack Obama criticised the comments, as did former Republican nominee John McCain – who stopped short of disendorsing Trump for the presidency.

He said Trump did not have an “unfettered licence to defame those who are the best among us”.

“He has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States – to say nothing of entering its service. I cannot emphasise enough how deeply I disagree with Mr Trump’s statement,” McCain said.

Trump caused a stir in 2015 when he suggested McCain was not a war hero because he was captured in the Vietnam War.

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