Former White House adviser describes Donald Trump comment about his wife

The first White House Adviser on Violence Against Women has spoken of Donald Trump’s sexism.

Lynn Rosenthal is addressing the Safe Ireland Summit, which is hearing from 35 international experts on domestic violence.

Ms Rosenthal spoke of a sailing class she took, several years ago, when Mr Trump reacted to an anecdote about equality.

"Two rows in front of me, red in the face, [he said:] 'My wife will never be the captain'," she recalled.

"That guy has just been elected President of the United States.

"And when he leans forward and shouts out 'My wife will never be the captain', he means 'Anyone who seems inferior to me, because of race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion … has no place in my country."

Earlier at the summit, the mother of a victim of domestic homicide has called for a change in how such crimes are recorded.

Maria Dempsey, whose daughter Alicia Brough was among four people murdered by John Geary in Limerick six years ago, said: "A start could be that a domestic homicide is registered as such on a death certificate.

"That way, the Central Statistics Office could see these deaths as meaningful statistics."

She added: "We would know then what we're facing, we would know the extent of the task we are facing as a country."

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