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Tit for Tat

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After the commercials, it's time for the firing at last. Asked for his thoughts, George says that he thinks Assorama has a "tendency to be abrasive." He thinks that this has an effect on a leader's ability to "handle all [the] troops." He then says he thinks she "overmatched" Jessie with Mizrahi, going on to say that Mizrahi is a character and it "wasn't a good leadership decision." I'm not sure if that means Jessie shouldn't have been the lead, or what. He says, "[Assorama's] leadership quality is in question." Carolyn says that Assorama "may possess certain leadership qualities, but [Carolyn] really didn't see them come out today." Trump calls the women back in.

When they're back, Trump asks Jessie why she should not be fired. Jessie says that the reason she shouldn't be fired is that character is important. "Do you think these two people have good character?" "I think that Heidi has great character," Jessie says. Aaaaand? Assorama? Jessie says, "I like [Assorama] very much." Trump says, flat-out, "I can't believe that. You're saying you like her, and maybe that's a smart thing to do, but I don't believe you like her." He turns to Heidi. "And I don't believe you can like her the way she talked to you, either." "Ummmm, no," Heidi says with a grin, getting the scent in the wind. Of course, given that five minutes ago, she said, "I do like her," that's a problematic effort at wiggling. Trump now turns to Assorama. He asks her why she shouldn't be fired. She says that it's because she demonstrated leadership. How? Does she think that belittling people is leadership? Or cowing them? That's not leadership, that's just bullying. Trump asks Heidi who she thinks should be fired. She tries again to save her own wimpy butt by saying that for being called classy and unprofessional, she would say Assorama. Trump talks some more about how ridiculous it was that Jessie and Heidi both sat there while Assorama treated them like crap, and he makes it pretty clear that no amount of backtracking at this point is going to fool him.

Back to Jessie. Trump tells her, "I think you were overly nice to [Assorama], who treated you terribly. And I don't love that." I really liked that line. I am particularly happy to see a very powerful man saying to a young woman who wants to work for him that niceness at all costs is not what he's looking for from her. What I like about the way he handled this (I'm serious! I was totally pro-Trump!) is that he made it clear that he does not endorse Assorama's brand of abusive bitchery, but that he also doesn't expect Jessie to sit by and smile while somebody tries to step on her. He's rejecting the model that all of these three women seem to be operating under that it's a choice between being a nasty wretch and being a doormat. I would also point out that Heidi and Jessie, in a sense, really insulted Trump when they put on those happy faces after being dicked over. What they're saying to Trump by using that particular method of sucking up is that they don't believe he will find Assorama's behavior offensive, despite the fact that it was unmistakably offensive, and they're not sure he'll respect them for standing up to her. It's as if they're saying they don't trust him to be on the right side of a battle between a total jerk and the person that the total jerk is pounding on, so they're hedging by pretending they don't mind. It would bug me too, I think. I feel Donald's pain. Anyway, he tells Heidi she's basically guilty of the same thing, although she seems a little more experienced and a little tougher about it. I'll take "more experienced," anyway.

"[Assorama]," he says, "you were very rude to these two people. How they took it is unbelievable to me, because you were rude. You are rude." She makes a face, which I'm sure will really help. He says, though, that worse than the rudeness is the fact that Jessie sat still for it. Trump starts to fire Jessie, and she tries to cut him off -- remembering, undoubtedly, Kristi's experience with failing to defend herself. She tries to talk to him about who he wants representing him, but she's getting nowhere, because it's just plain too late. "Please don't fire me, Mr. Trump," Jessie says, and that's just…unseemly. "Jessie, you were the worst negotiator. But worse than that, I hated the way you took so much crap from [Assorama]. To me, that was a form of weakness." He keeps it up: "I didn't like what she was doing, and it was repulsive to me. But worse, was the way you took it." "Please. Please," Jessie pleads. "I have no choice, and I have to say that you're fired." Assorama smirks, and I really think she might want to reconsider that, given that he did just call her behavior "repulsive." I'm not sure she has a lot to be happy about. They're all dismissed.

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