On Friday, actress Salma Hayek joined the ever-growing chorus of women who have come forward to tell their stories about encounters with Donald Trump. In Hayek’s case there was no sexual assault involved, but she has provided yet another example of how Trump seems to view women as his by right if he wants them, and how he behaves when he is rejected.
Hayek told her story on a Los Angeles-based Spanish-language radio show, El Show del Mandril, where she described what happened when The Donald tried to get her to go out on a date with him. According to her, she was dating someone when she met Trump, early in her career. The former reality tv star then tried to befriend her boyfriend in order to get her phone number. When he obtained her number, Hayek said, “He would call me to invite me out.”
Hayek, who is twenty years Trump’s junior, had no interest in going out with him, and she told him so. Then, she says, this happened:
When I told him I wouldn’t go out with him even if I didn’t have a boyfriend, [which he took as disrespectful], he called — well, he wouldn’t say he called, but someone told the National Enquirer.
The actress believes that it was Trump who called the tabloid, planting a story that he had no interest in her because she was too short for him. (Trump is 6’3″, Hayek is 5’2″) She said:
Someone told the National Enquirer — I’m not going to say who, because you know that whatever he wants to come out comes out in the National Enquirer. It said that he wouldn’t go out with me because I was too short.
Then he had the nerve to call her and claim that he was upset about the story:
Later, he called and left me a message. ‘Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don’t want people to think this about you.’ He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn’t think that’s why he wouldn’t go out with me.
Apparently that wasn’t the only time Trump tried to get next to Hayek. In July, Buzzfeed News reported that at a charity auction in 2008, the alleged billionaire bid on and won a trip and dinner with Hayek and her husband, which was paid for with Trump Foundation money. According to an aide, Trump never took the trip, and when asked the aide said she didn’t know what had become of the prize.
This is yet another example of the middle school boy attitude toward women held by the man who would like to become the 45th president of the United States. It kind of makes you wonder whether Trump may have scrawled Hayek’s number on a bathroom stall somewhere — with him, anything seems to be possible. “For a good time, call Salma. 555-1212. She’s too short for me.”
Here’s Hayek’s interview, in Spanish: