- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson fired back at Eric Trump’s comments Tuesday suggesting that “powerful” women like his sister Ivanka don’t “allow” themselves to be subjected to sexual harassment.

Appearing on CBS Tuesday morning, the 32-year-old son of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump was asked about the sexual assault allegations against ousted Fox News head Roger Ailes.

“There is no question that obviously it should be addressed and it should be addressed strongly,” Eric Trump, vice president of the Trump Organization, said. “Ivanka is a strong, powerful woman, she wouldn’t allow herself to be [subjected] to it.

“And by the way, you should certainly take it up with human resources, and I think [Ms. Trump] definitely would as a strong person,” he added. “At the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to that.”

His comments came after his father told USA Today Monday that Ivanka would “find another career or find another company” if she was being sexually harassed in the workplace.

Ms. Carlson, a former co-host of “Fox & Friends” who was the first to speak up about Mr. Ailes’ alleged abuse, fired back at Eric Trump’s remarks Tuesday morning.

“It’s very sad to see in 2016 we are still blaming victims. Trust me, I’m strong, and I was still victimized by sexual harassment in the workplace,” Ms. Carlson told The New York Daily News through a spokesperson.

She expressed similar sentiments on Twitter, linking to a Politico article on Eric Trump’s comments.

Her former colleague, Fox News host Megyn Kelly, responded to Mr. Trump’s comments with a tweet that read, “Sigh.”

Ms. Carlson filed a lawsuit against Mr. Ailes in July, saying her professional career was threatened after she refused the former chairman’s sexual advances. Ms. Kelly, who is in contract negotiations with Fox News, has cooperated with the lawyers investigating Mr. Ailes’ past behavior, and sources with knowledge of the situation said she’s informed them that Mr. Ailes made unwanted sexual advances toward her about 10 years ago when she was a Fox correspondent.

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