Newly uncovered remarks made by billionaire real estate mogul and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump provide further insight into the candidate’s questionable outlook on women. Polls have shown that Trump has alienated female voters with the often caustic and sexist language he’s repeatedly used since launching his campaign last year, and a series of long-forgotten audio clips unearthed by The Wall Street Journal confirm that this style is not a new phenomenon. The syndicated radio segment, called “Trumped!,” consisted of daily 60-second nuggets of Trump’s wisdom on a range of topics and ran between 2004 and 2008. Women were frequently a topic — along with their appearance or “sexiness.”
“I thought today’s women were independent and had a lot of sexual freedom,” Trump said in one clip from April 2006. “Well, I guess they fooled me.”
In another, Trump lamented what he viewed as Britney Spears’ declining looks, saying that she lost her top-ranking status on a “sexiest woman” list because “that’s what a marriage can do for you.” That comment, made in March 2006, came just a little more than a year after Trump had tied the knot with Melania Knauss, his third wife. In a segment recorded a month after the Spears assessment, Trump revealed that he found actress Keira Knightley to be “unbelievable” in the looks department, and tennis great Maria Sharapova was “truly unbelievable.” Earlier this year, BuzzFeed unearthed clips of Trump using similar language during appearances on Howard Stern’s radio show.
Trump even touched on the inequity of childcare and housework performed by husbands and wives in one 2008 segment. Husbands, he said, did far more in 2008 than the husbands of yesteryear, “but they’re not even close to equal with the wives.” Just when you think he’s making a real statement about gender equality, though, Trump reveals he’s just doling out advice to male listeners on how to trick their wives into giving them more sex. “Besides the fact that you wanna be really good guys, there’s one other really good reason, men, that you might wanna drag out the vacuum cleaner,” Trump declared. “Psychologists have found that the payoff for doing more chores seems to be more sex.” Trump advised men to set the table or do the laundry — “start with the sheets in your bedroom!” — so that they’ll “be a lot happier.”
Ironically, the most interesting Trump comment the Journal dug up was a positive one about a woman. In 2008, speaking about Hillary Clinton as she vied with Barack Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination, Trump said that she “would make a good president.”
Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal.