While there have been many bad days for Donald Trump and his campaign, October 7th was the worst. Though I’m definitely not going to say it “can’t get any worse for Trump,” because as we’ve all seen since he launched his presidential campaign over a year ago, there always seems to be a new low he’s more than happy to sink to.
It’s going to take something extraordinary to top a crystal clear recording of the Republican presidential candidate stating he believes he has the right to sexually assault women by “grabbing them by the p–sy” whenever he wants, but knowing the type of person Trump is, I have the utmost confidence that he’ll be able to do it.
Well, in a story that was overshadowed by the video of Trump’s comments that dominated the headlines Friday, his first wife, Ivana, said that he had nothing to do with the raising of their children.
As reported by the New York Daily News:
“I brought up the children singlehandedly,” Ivana Trump told guests at the Lifeline benefit at Le Cirque on Wednesday. The topic came up when partygoers complimented the first of three Mrs. Trumps on how poised her kids — Ivanka, Eric and Donald Jr. — have appeared while supporting their father’s presidential campaign.
“Donald wasn’t really interested in the children until he could talk business with them,” the 67-year-old socialite told our insider. “When they turned 21, I handed them over to him and said ‘Here’s the finished product, you can take them from here.’ ”
That said, I feel it’s important to bring up these comments found by Buzzfeed that Trump made in 2005 — the same year he proclaimed to Billy Bush that he felt he had the right to sexually assault women:
“There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife, and you know, there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that,” Trump added. “So you know, they go for it.”
“If I had a different type of wife,” Trump said, laughing, “I probably wouldn’t have a baby, ya know, cause that’s not my thing. I’m really, like, a great father, but certain things you do and certain things you don’t. It’s just not for me.”
“I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park,” Trump said in the interview. He repeated the same sentiment to Stern two years later, saying, “Melania is a wonderful mother. She takes care of the baby and I pay all of the costs.”
Seriously, are there still people out there who actually think Trump has even a shred of respect for women?
What’s funny is that it’s fairly common for his supporters to tell me how “amazing his children are,” as “proof” that he’s a good man and father.
Except, as Ivana just pointed out — and he’s more or less admitted — Trump has had almost nothing to do with the actual raising of his children. Aside from providing financial support, which he probably would have avoided doing (like he did paying taxes) if he felt he could have gotten away with it legally and from a personal relations standpoint, he doesn’t seem to have done a thing when it came to the day-to-day functions of being an actual parent.
After all, if a man does that — then that’s the husband trying to “act like the wife.”
While I understand why the other story dominated the news Friday, Ivana’s statements are just as important. Not only do they solidify the undeniable reality that Trump is an appalling chauvinist, but it debunks this notion that he’s some loving father who helped raise his children. As Ivana said, he had practically nothing to do with them until they were old enough to talk business.
Because, well — that’s a woman’s work.
At this point, if you’re still a Donald Trump supporter, you’ve cemented your place as someone future generations will read about in our history books with shame and embarrassment that there were people ignorant enough to support someone as vile, offensive and deplorable as he is.