America, like the rest of the world, is still coming to terms with the election of real estate-tycoon Donald Trump as President-elect, who has a set inauguration date of January 20, 2017. As on-lookers attempt to familiarize themselves with the many endeavors, accusations and beliefs of their to-be President, we at Thistoo decided to research one subset of Trump’s repertoire: his views on love, marriage and divorce. We did our best to stomach the findings.
Trump has framed his recent commentary on marriage as “traditional”, “sacred” and “beautiful”, however his opinions on the topic have not always been so optimistic. The following are several shocking sentiments of Trump that we simply could not overlook.
Trump is an unwavering believer in traditional marriage. Sometimes.
When it comes to gay marriage, Trump has made it clear that equal rights are not something he supports, and that he has plans to appoint Supreme Court judges with a view to overturn federal equal marriage laws. Pence thinks being gay is a choice and that conversion therapy is a viable solution – in case you thought his outlook might have been somehow better.
Despite this insistence on “traditional marriage”, Trump has been married 3 times now. Once to Ivana Zelnickova (1977-1990), once to Marla Maples (1993-1999) and finally to his current wife Melania Knauss who he wed in 2005. How traditional.
Monogamy is also a loosely defined ideal for Donald Trump.
When pressed about his ability to remain faithful to his wives, Trump calmly shared that he gets approached by women constantly, and that “if you take one out of a thousand a few times a year, you know you’re doing pretty good.”
Even though it’s been instrumental for “The Donald”, Trump hates divorce.
On several occasions including a Larry King interview in 1990, Trump said “I hate the concept of divorce. I hate everything it represents.” How contradictory. Hey- I’m noticing a pattern here . . .
Divorce settlements aren’t about fairness: they’re strictly business.
Regarding Trump’s 1999 split from Marla Maples, He said “I look at everything as a deal”, managing to bring down Marla’s initial ask of $25 million down to $1 million, after 6 years of holy matrimony. Trump claims that just because you married someone who built an empire on their own, doesn’t mean a spouse should reap the benefits of that success once a marriage has ended; regardless of the length of their relationship. In the words of America’s next president: an ex-wife shouldn’t be treated “like the Queen of Sheba”.
For the same reason, although Trump hates “everything that a pre-nuptial agreement stands for”, they are a “modern day necessity”.
Speaking of settlements – make sure you don’t give your spouse anything worth fighting over.
“I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?” Trump literally pre-empts his divorce to Ivana by not gifting her excessively during their marriage. How sweet.
There’s a reason for Trump to be cautious. As he so graciously put it, “When a man leaves a woman, especially when it was perceived that he has left for a piece of ass—a good one!—there are 50 percent of the population who will love the woman who was left”. Believe it or not- that’s not what judges take into consideration when dividing assets.
Honestly Trump wishes the legal component of divorce didn’t exist at all.
On his self-titled radio show, “Trumped!” which aired mini-clips between 2004 and 2008, Trump informed listeners about a law in Saudi Arabia that permits men to divorce their wives without attending court, creating a separation agreement or making support payments. Trump commended the country on a legislation which makes the process painless, saying “Saudi Arabia sounds like a great place to get a divorce”. The divorce in question was executed by the husband because his wife watched a TV show. In their own home. Without him.
Trump was bored on his first wedding day.
While Ivana was making her walk down the aisle, Trump admits ““I was bored when she was walking down the aisle. I kept thinking, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’”.
“Nagging”, “Griping” or “Bitching” are adequate grounds for divorce, according to Mr. Trump.
Trump told Howard Stern on-air that if his friends come to him with issues of nagging wives – Trump suggests that they “cut their losses”. The President-elect claims “For a man to be successful he needs support at home, just like my father had from my mother, not someone who is always griping and bitching.” And further, if a man has to “endure” a woman who is not supportive and complains constantly, he cannot achieve personal success.
Clearly domestication is a marital-must for Trump. He has even threatened divorce if dinner isn’t on the table.
When asked about his views on women working- Trump said it’s great, sort of. Although he supports women working- it cannot come at the expense of his meat and potatoes. “I have days where, if I come home . . . and dinner’s not ready, I go through the roof”. Maples and Trump finalized their divorce five years after this particular interview.
Trump hates when his wives fail to be as domesticated as he wants. Oh, but don’t worry – he takes the all blame for turning women into competent professionals.
Trump fell promptly out of love with Ivana when she was no longer providing for him the way Trump wanted (passive and dotingly), and instead she began managing the Trump hotel. He did claim full responsibility stating, “I made a mistake with Ivana. I put her to work for me, then instead of a wife, I have a business person.” Her tendency to talk business in the home is what sent Trump over the edge.
“I’ve given a lot of women great opportunity, unfortunately after they’re a star, the fun is over.”
Trump says that “like building a creation”, a “finished” wife isn’t fun anymore. Are you kidding me?
“Ultimately, Ivana does exactly as I tell her to.”
What a healthy way to start a marriage. In the most cringe-worthy interview I’ve ever watched, Trump informs Oprah that Ivana does exactly as he says. He follows up this misogynistic comment with “Right men? Is that right?” and pumps his fist.
“YOU HAVE TO TREAT THEM LIKE SHIT.”
A direct quote. From Trump. About women. Cira 1992.
“Can you imagine how controversial I’d be? You think about Clinton and the women. How about me and the women? Can you imagine?”
Again. An actual Trump quote. This time explicitly suggesting that, should he become president (this quote pulled from a 1992 article in The New Yorker), that his scandals would be paramount. CC: Melania.
And although I hate to admit it, we do agree with this one thing . . .
Trump, (in an uncharacteristic jolt of rationality), told David Letterman back in 1990 that sometimes people grow apart, and that marriages don’t always work out. In these cases, Trump says, divorce is needed.
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