After news broke that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was forcing his girlfriend to wear a necklace with a large image of his face on it, one woman pressed Sterling to stop the treatment: “She’s a beautiful girl,” Jewel Trump told her boyfriend.
Trump responded with a brief verbal attack that focused not on his girlfriend, but rather on CNN reporter Don Lemon, who had started the round.
“Don Lemon, why would you bring up my daughter and your girlfriend who is a friend of his?” Sterling asked as he reached for his cell phone to film the live interview with Lemon.
“Don Lemon, that’s not true,” Trump said. “She’s a beautiful girl.”
The recent incident in which Donald Sterling showed his girlfriend that he owned her jewelry, and then threatened to sell her if she didn’t purchase another brand with him, is hardly the first time that someone showed a man evidence of his wife’s alleged infidelity. Other online pundits have confronted men about what their wife, or girlfriends, are doing with other men. And in most situations, the man isn’t supposed to make eye contact and acknowledge that someone is being confrontational. According to what a woman told The Washington Post, the situation was escalating between Sterling and his girlfriend.
Of course, there have been times in which women were more than willing to confront their husbands, family members, family friends and even fellow co-workers who were involved in extramarital affairs. Susan Anton, who is currently running for Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, is one such person. In 2013, Anton told her CNN audience that she had gone to authorities with evidence that her then-husband, Marine Maj. Gen. Jeffrey A. Krusinski, was having an affair and using his position to bully his staff.
The first legal move, she said, was to have her husband fired by the Virginia Military Institute in 2005.
The second step was to have him prosecuted in a federal court, she said. She said she presented authorities with emails between herself and the general, which they would later admit were forged. She alleged that she was hospitalized in 2006 after he beat her.
“The FBI spoke to him, and he got off,” she said.
Yes, she was, Anton said, a narcissist. She argued that the issue is not just who he was in bed with. She was concerned about him having the ability to do this and control others.
Anton’s lack of inhibition was a study in itself. A book about female narcissists, “Daughters of Monsters,” by Wendy Sloane, is only available in the United States. Anton didn’t want to hear much about the defense her husband might offer.
“Your accusations of domestic violence are false,” she said. “I will prove that you have been lying to me.”
After the report broke, Anton had a sit-down interview with National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air.” “It’s difficult,” she said. “It’s pretty overwhelming and stressful.”
Krusinski got another boost to his reputation this week. A year after being charged, the General Court Martial of the Virginia Military Institute permanently disarmed him. The announcement came weeks after the Navy put Krusinski on paid administrative leave following an unrelated incident in which he was accused of groping a sailor.