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Donald Trump’s war on bathrooms

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump remarked on Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton's brief absence from the debate stage on Dec. 19 saying, "Where did she go? I thought she quit." (Video: Reuters)

Donald Trump is too busy building a real estate empire and being classy and winning the presidential race to have time to use the bathroom, apparently. No, The Donald doesn't much care for the call of nature. And he has made that abundantly clear.

Trump's comments at a rally on Monday night in Michigan -- calling going to the bathroom "disgusting" while discussing Hillary Clinton's tardy return to the debate stage over the weekend -- were hardly the first time Trump has made his true feelings about taking breaks for bodily functions. He has even used the word "disgusting" before.

When a lawyer at a deposition Trump was at in 2011 requested a break to pump breast milk, Trump reportedly had a "meltdown," the lawyer told CNN in July.

"He got up, his face got red, he shook his finger at me and he screamed, 'You're disgusting, you're disgusting,' and he ran out of there," attorney Elizabeth Beck told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Wednesday morning.
The incident was described in a letter from Jared Beck, Elizabeth's co-counsel and husband, obtained by CNN and first reported Tuesday by the New York Times.
Trump's attorney Allen Garten, who was present for the deposition, does not dispute that Trump called Beck "disgusting."
Beck insisted that the breast-pumping break was set to coincide with a pre-scheduled lunch break at 12:30, but that Trump decided at the last minute he did not want a break. An email exchange between Beck and a law firm representing Trump shows a lunch order was made and set to arrive around noon.
Garten disputed that, insisting the only pre-scheduled break was one set for 3 p.m. for Beck to pump breast milk privately in a separate room.

And in the very same deposition, Trump also declined to allow an unscheduled bathroom break for one of his own lawyers.

And Trump was intent on proceeding through the deposition without any additional breaks, according to a transcript of the deposition CNN obtained through public records.
He even refused to take a break when one of his attorneys requested to go to the bathroom, instead insisting another lawyer could take over and allow the deposition to continue.

This isn't even the first time on the 2016 campaign trail that Trump has had a little fun with the idea of going to the bathroom and the connotations it carries.

Last month, during his lengthy rant in Iowa, Trump recalled Ben Carson's biographical recollection about spending a few hours in bathroom after trying to stab someone. Carson has written that he had a religious awakening there and overcame his temper.

From The Post's Jenna Johnson:

And Trump said he doesn't believe that after just a few hours of reflection, Carson found God and overcame his violent temper.
"He goes into the bathroom for a couple of hours, and he comes out, and now he's religious," Trump said. "And the people of Iowa believe him. Give me a break. Give me a break. It doesn't happen that way. It doesn't happen that way. … Don't be fools, okay?"

Trump at the time was echoing previous comments he made on the matter on Fox News:

And finally, there is the little matter of reporters covering Trump using the restroom. Trump isn't a fan of it. After all, there's no telling what they'll do in there -- or on the way to or from it.

And when it comes to his home, Trump is apparently so disgusted by bathrooms that he requires he and his wife to have separate ones.

Here's how People magazine ended its profile of Trump and his wife, Melania, in September.

Ten years after their wedding, Melania says she may have figured out the secret to a happy marriage.
"We have our own bathrooms, so that's the key," she says with a laugh.

There is probably more truth to that comment than her laugh would indicate.

Watch: A Trump rally, deconstructed (Video: Gillian Brockell/The Washington Post)