Trump family faces backlash over sexual harassment comments

Donald Trump faces new questions about his views on workplace sexual harassment. The Republican presidential nominee told the Washington Post Tuesday that a woman facing harassment must take responsibility for how to respond, clarifying his stance from earlier this week.

"I think it's got to be up to the individual," Trump said. "It also depends on what's available. There may be a better alternative; then there may not. If there's not a better alternative, then you stay. But it could be there's a better alternative where you're taken care of better."

On Sunday, he told USA Today if his daughter Ivanka faced harassment, "I would like to think she would find another career or find another company if that was the case." In the same interview, Trump seemed to question the women who reportedly accused former Fox News chief Roger Ailes of sexual harassment.

Eric Trump: Ivanka would not "allow" sexual harassment

But he apparently adjusted his position on sexual harassment after his son, Eric Trump, made comments on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday that sparked a firestorm of criticism, reports CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman.

"She wouldn't allow herself to be objected to it," Eric Trump said of Ivanka. "And by the way, you should certainly take it up with human resources, and I think she definitely would as a strong person. At the same time, I don't think she would allow herself to be subjected to that, and I think that's the point he was making and I think he did so well," Eric Trump said on "CBS This Morning."

On Twitter, the backlash to Eric Trump's comments came quickly -- especially from women at the center of the Ailes harassment allegations.

Gretchen Carlson tweeted, "Sad in 2016 we're still victim blaming women. Trust me I'm strong."

Megyn Kelly tweeted a single word response: "Sigh."


Ivanka Trump appeared on Fox News Tuesday night and clearly established her position.

"Sexual harassment is inexcusable in any setting. I think harassment in general, regardless, sexual or otherwise, is totally inexcusable and if it transpires, it needs to be reported and it needs to be dealt with on a company level," she said.

"Donald Trump's unfavorability among female voters is higher than any nominee since they began polling," CBS News contributor and Republican strategist Frank Luntz said.

Luntz says Trump's children -- including Ivanka -- will need to be active in the lead up to the election.

"The Trump kids have as much, if not more credibility than their father. ... They're going to need to be more public than most children are, because they're going to have to balance off the stuff their father says," Luntz said.

Eric Trump defended his comments, tweeting: "I said sexual harassment is a 'no go' and should be addressed by Human Resources. It's totally unacceptable behavior."