Trump: I’m The One Who ‘Really Broke The Glass Ceiling’ In My Industry

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, May 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
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Donald Trump patted himself on the back for the help he had provided to his female employees during a Monday night appearance on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” calling himself “the one that really broke the glass ceiling.”

“I have great respect for women,” Trump said. “I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women more than anybody in the construction industry. And my relationship, I think, is going to end up being very good with women.”

The billionaire real estate mogul has faced a steady stream of criticism on the campaign trail for his offensive comments about women, including his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

On Monday, he repeated his litany of critiques against Clinton including that she is “not honest,” unable to “secure” the country, and unprepared to sit in the Oval office.

“I don’t think even think she is capable,” Trump told O’Reilly. “Look at her decisions.”

The Associated Press reported late Monday night that Clinton secured the number of delegates needed to win the Democratic party’s nomination, making her the first female candidate to lead a major party ticket.

Trump also batted down O’Reilly’s question about a recent Boston Globe report that said Trump paid his female campaign staffers a third less than their male counterparts.

“I have some women making a lot of money and making more money than men in comparable positions,” Trump insisted, saying he pays “based on talent.”

“I just checked with my people on the election stuff, and they tell me that that’s wrong,” he went on. “There are different jobs and different categories and everything else. But, when you end it all out, it’s essentially the same.”

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