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Let's talk about Trump and his women....

May. 23, 2017
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With a horrifying swish of his pen, Trump signed yet another executive order early this month bringing “religious liberty” back to America once more. Regardless of Trump’s wording, however, the intentions behind this new EO are anything but liberating.  

Signed on the National Day of Prayer, the order grants religious organizations greater freedom when it comes to their involvement in political speech. "We are giving our churches their voices back," Trump said. "Faith is deeply embedded into the history of our country, the spirit of our founding and the soul of our nation. We will not allow people of faith to be targeted, bullied or silenced anymore."

Trump, who has been anything but shy about his feelings towards the LGBT community, continues to make claims about preserving the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, making the new order of religious liberty seem more like a hate crime than an act of free speech. In an almost laughable moment during the signing, Trump announced that he and his administration would be "leading by example” to enforce this new order of religious liberty. 

So what does a world where Trump “leads by example” really look like? Well, let’s take a look! 

Honor thy wife?

Trump, who is currently on his third marriage, seems to treat the supposed sanctity of the institution as an “alternative fact.” In 1977, Trump married his first wife, Ivana Zelnickova, a former model and citizen of Czechoslovakia who went on to give birth to Trump’s three eldest children: Ivanka, Eric, and Donald Trump Jr. Ivana filed for divorce in 1991 after rumors surfaced that Trump was having an affair with Marla Maples, a former beauty queen whom he had met in 1989. 

Surprise, surprise! Only a year after finalizing his divorce, Trump married Marla Maples in 1993, two months after she gave birth to their daughter Tiffany. Maples, who became the co-host of Trump's Miss Universe Pageant, filed for separation in 1997 and finalized their divorce in 1999. It had been rumored that Trump was having multiple affairs during his short marriage to Maples, with the list of possible mistresses including such women as Gabriela Sabatini, an Argentinean tennis champion, and Carla Bruni, the former First Lady of France. 

In 2005, Trump renewed his efforts to honor the institution of marriage by moving on to wife number three: former model--and now current First Lady--Melania Knauss-Trump. The couple met in 1998 at a Fashion Week party after Trump sent his date to the bathroom so he could flirt with Melania, who was 23 years his junior. I’m not sure about the “first came love” part, but a few years later came marriage, and in 2006 Melania gave birth to Trump’s fifth child, Barron. Oh, and by the way? They currently live in separate homes. 

Thou shalt not commit… oh, never mind

Not only is Trump a notorious playboy and cheater, he has also been charged with 12 allegations of sexual assault and misconduct (and that doesn’t even include the allegations of rape made by first wife Ivana over the course of their divorce proceedings). Numerous women have bravely come forward and made claims about our handsy commander-in-chief, stating that he forced himself upon them, grabbed their breasts, slipped his hands up their skirts, and kissed them on the mouth even as they tried to push him away. During the election, Trump threatened to sue any woman who spoke out against him.

And lest you jump to the conclusion that these women are falsely accusing the President for a lark, don’t forget that he was caught admitting to sexually abusive behavior on camera. During the campaign, a behind-the-scenes video from a 2005 taping of Access Hollywood was leaked where Trump bragged about not being able to control himself around beautiful women, stating that he could do anything because he was a celebrity, including grabbing women “by the pussy” and forcing his tongue in their mouths. Yup, that’s our President. 

It seems that Trump’s idea of a pious Christian relationship encompasses adultery, assault, and sexual opportunism--just as long as everyone involved is a card-carrying heterosexual. The President’s own relationship history has made it abundantly clear that Trump values image over ethics, often at the expense of others. So if Trump expects our country to follow in his example, well… please excuse me while I hide in my closet for the next four years.