In 1988 Lin was working for the Philadelphia Inquirer and had written an article about Trump’s business deals. She was working in the wall street offices when she received a phone call. A woman on the end of the line said “hold for Trump.” After being connected, Trump immediately started to offend the woman over her article.
“Mr. Trump began to yell at me,” Lin said in an interview with Michael Smerconish. “He told me I had shit for brains. He told me I worked for a shitty newspaper and he said, ‘What sort of shit are you writing?’” Lin said that Trump abruptly hung up on her and proceeded to phone Lin’s boss, and call her a c*nt.
Being asked about the decision to tell the story only now Lin responded that seeing other women being abused by Trump made her want to share her story. “We were horrified by the things trump has said about women,” she said.
Trump responded to the claim in a statement: “This accusation is categorically false. I find it incredibly coincidental that this person’s crystal clear recollection of one sentence, one word, spoken nearly thirty years ago just happens to coincide with Mr. Trump’s surge in Pennsylvania. This is nothing more than an avowed liberal reporter who is trying to exploit Mr. Trump’s reputation as click-bait for her tabloid stories.”