Presidential Election 2016
Donald Trump's former girlfriend slammed The New York Times on Monday for what he previously called a "hit piece" on his relationships with women.
The New York Times published a critical article on Saturday focusing on Trump's private past with women. The opening portion of the article describes an anecdote at a Mar-a-Lago pool party in 1990, when Trump met 26-year-old model Rowanne Brewer Lane and asked her to put on a swimsuit for his party guests.
The article described the incident as a "debasing face-to-face encounter between Mr. Trump and a young woman he hardly knew" and used it to represent a negative broader picture of Trump's private life with women.
But Brewer Lane appeared on Fox News Monday morning to fire back at the New York Times for what she called a negative spin.
"Actually, the article was very upsetting. I was not happy to read it at all," Brewer Lane told Fox & Friends. She said The New York Times told her several times that they would make sure the story she was telling would come across truthfully. "They promised several times that they would do it accurately. They told me several times and my manager several times that it would not be a hit piece and that my story would come across the way that I was telling it and honestly, and it absolutely was not."
The former model said she felt her quotes were given negative connotations. "They spun it to where it appeared negative," Brewer Lane said. "I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump, and I don't appreciate them making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience, because it was not."
Brewer Lane insisted that she was flattered by Trump, not offended by him, saying Trump was "very gracious" to her.
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," "...He never made me feel like I was being demeaned in any way. He never offended me in any way," she said. "He was very gracious. I saw him around all types of people, all types of women. He was very kind, thoughtful, generous, you know. He was a gentleman."
When asked why she thought The New York Times would spin the story she said, "Well, obviously they feel like that they need to do something to make him look bad or go along with their article, you know. I don't know how many people have spoken out about it." She then said she has yet to reach out to Trump and that she had never seen him mistreat women.
Brewer Lane said her manager reached out to the reporters responsible for the article and said she would be supporting Trump in the general election.
The presumptive GOP nominee took to Twitter on Sunday to slam the paper for their "hit piece."
"The failing @nytimes wrote yet another hit piece on me," Trump wrote. "All are impressed with how nicely I have treated women, they found nothing. A joke!" he wrote.
Trump also claimed that he had given the New York Times the names of women he helped, but said they "refused to use" them.