Donald Trump went through a bitter divorce with Ivana Trump in 1990 while carrying on a public affair with beauty queen Marla Maples.
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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 5:39 PM
Twice-divorced Trump once praised the benefits of Sharia law for men who can split from their wives “without going to the courts.”
In a January 2008 segment of his defunct radio show, “Trumped!,” the 2016 GOP nominee discussed the news of a Saudi man who caught his wife watching a television show hosted by a man while home alone — an offense, Trump says, tantamount to being alone with a strange man under the strict Islamic law.
The magnate began by saying a lot of “male chauvinists” in the U.S. “really agree with what’s going on over there.” But seconds later, he changed his tune and seemed awestruck of the man’s ability to divorce the woman without the inconvenience of court proceedings or prenuptial agreements.
“Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without going to the courts,” Trump said. “I guess that would also mean they don’t need prenuptial agreements. The fact is, no courts, no judges … Saudi Arabia sounds like a very good place to get a divorce!” he said.
“Trumped!,” recorded between 2004 and 2008, aired a daily 60-second commentary from the reality star on hundreds of radio stations across the country, according to the Wall Street Journal, which unearthed the episodes earlier this year.
His remarks about Saudi law stand at odds with his current condemnation of “radical Islam” on the campaign trail, but so do other issues he discussed on the radio show — like his support for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and his criticism of guns in schools.
His disdain for divorce proceedings, however, is nothing new. In 1990, Trump went through a bitter split from his first wife, Ivana Trump, while carrying on a sensationalized extramarital affair with former beauty queen Marla Maples. Maples would soon become his second wife.
“Trumped!” was a nationally syndicated show that aired between 2004 and 2008.
Trump was deposed five times during his divorce with Ivana, during which he pleaded the Fifth in response to 97 of the 100 questions about whether he had been unfaithful.
“It’s the Fifth Amendment that was his favorite when he was deposed in the divorce with Ivana, invoked 97 times to be exact, and mostly in response to questions about ‘other women,’” Wayne Barrett, a journalist who covered Trump in the 90’s and authored a book about him, wrote in a feature for the Daily News earlier this year.
Trump later bragged that Ivana didn’t get a cent more than required by a prenuptial agreement they signed before getting hitched.
Earlier this month, a Manhattan judge ruled that court papers from that divorce should not be unsealed. The New York Times and Gannett Co. have argued the files should be made public to voters because Trump’s treatment of women has been a controversial election issue.