An unearthed 1994 interview with ABC News reveals Donald Trump opining on the negatives of having a working wife, again comparing women to buildings, and saying, “I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist, but…” Nothing good ever follows that line, and nothing did.


Donald talks about his wives like he’s some kind of Henry Higgins who has to Pygmalion them into interesting human beings: “I love creating stars. And, to a certain extent, I’ve done that with Ivana. To a certain extent, I’ve done that with Marla. And I like that.”

Except not so much human beings as buildings: “Unfortunately, after they’re a star, the fun is over for me. It’s like a creation process; it’s almost like creating a building. It’s pretty sad.”

It’s pretty sad, all right—although not for the reasons he thinks. It’s sad that any man would treat any woman like a piece of clay that needs to be shaped and molded into a “star,” after which transformation he immediately loses interest like a child discarding a toy that’s become boring.

What’s sad is a man who only values women he can control, manipulate, and mold—then resents them for becoming ostensibly the thing he wanted them to be.

Ivana, he gripes, lost her “softness” after she went to work for him as a manager at Trump Castle Casino. He didn’t like watching her doing her job, which occasionally required raising her voice at people. “I’d say, ‘I don’t want my wife shouting at somebody like that, I really don’t want that.’ …There was a great softness to Ivana, and she still has that softness, but during this period of time, she became an executive not a wife.”

Apparently to Donald, “executive” and “wife” are mutually exclusive concepts.

Marla, he complained, wasn’t the same after she started working. “I have days where I think it’s great. And then I have days where, if I come home—and I don’t want to sound too much like a chauvinist—but when I come home and dinner’s not ready, I go through the roof.”

Perhaps a man who incessantly brags about his wealth could have hired someone to cook his dinner. But that, of course, defeats the purpose of having a wife who demonstrates her wifeliness by prioritizing her domestic servitude over her career. Over herself.

A man who treats women like projects, and then abandons them at the first evidence of their agency, is not a man who respects or likes women. He’s a man whom no woman should trust.

Especially not with the future of her country.

As we’ve said, #WomenTrumpDonald

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