Donald Trump on Families & Children
2016 Republican nominee for President; 2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
True love for our people requires us to find common ground, to advance the common good, and to cooperate on behalf of every American child who deserves a brighter future.
TRUMP: No, I didn't say that at all. This was locker room talk. I'm not proud of it. I apologize to my family. I apologize to the American people. Yes, I'm very embarrassed by it. And we should get on to much more important things and much bigger things.
Q: Are you saying that what you said on that bus 11 years ago--that you did not actually kiss women without consent or grope women without consent?
TRUMP: I have great respect for women. Nobody has more respect for women than I do.
Q: Have you ever done those things?
TRUMP: No, I have not.
CLINTON: What we all saw and heard was Donald talking about women, what he thinks about women, what he does to women. And he has said that the video doesn't represent who he is. But I think it's clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is.
TRUMP: As far as child care is concerned and so many other things, I think Hillary and I agree on that. We probably disagree a little bit as to numbers and amounts and what we're going to do, but perhaps we'll be talking about that later. But we have to stop our jobs from being stolen from us. We have to stop our companies from leaving the United States and, with it, firing all of their people. All you have to do is take a look at Carrier air conditioning in Indianapolis. They left -- fired 1,400 people. They're going to Mexico. So many hundreds and hundreds of companies are doing this.
The GOP's 2016 platform says it opposes the FDA's "endorsement of over-the-counter sales of powerful contraceptives without a physician's recommendation." The comment comes days after Trump unveiled a plan aimed at making childcare more affordable for women.
Trump has sometimes stumbled when it comes to reproductive health issues. During the Republican primary, he was criticized for saying that, if it the abortion were to be outlawed, women should be punished for having them. He later said that providers, not women, should be the ones who face penalties.
As much power as women might wield, however, Trump rarely let the opportunity pass to proclaim his own virility. Asked for his view of Viagra, Trump boasted that he never needed such assistance. What he really needed, he said, was an "anti-Viagra, something with the opposite effect. I'm not bragging. I'm just lucky.
Trump often said he was not the kind of father who spent much time hanging out or playing ball with his children, but when they were old enough to learn the business, they spent far more time with him, especially at the office. All three children from the marriage with Ivana would come to work by their father's side at the Trump Organization. All three told of difficult times with their father. During the divorce battle, Donald Jr. went a year without speaking to his father. But they came to admire him as a businessman and as a parent who loved them in his own way and deeply wanted them to work together with him.
How his ex-wives might describe the family's inner life remained uncertain, as Trump managed to hold their public comments in check.
Trump's plan, which would expand tax benefits available to Americans paying for child care, falls outside of traditional Republican Party thinking. But Ivanka made it a centerpiece of her July speech as she pitched her father as the right man to help working families get by. Trump's new proposal, which the campaign says would "exclude childcare expenses from taxation," clearly came from her, which Trump confirmed."I've been working on [this] with my daughter, Ivanka," he said. "She feels so strongly about this."
Polls show Trump lagging behind Clinton among women voters. Ivanka's influence and the specific child care proposal are both meant to address that gap.
Marriage is a contract unlike any other contract in life. It's a legally binding contract that knows nothing of love. If the love dies, all you have left is a resentful ex-spouse & the marriage certificate. There's nothing more terrible than an ex-spouse with a ten-ton axe to grind, and no agreement on common property. Always get a prenup. It's just too risky not to.
When I met Melania and we decided to get married, I said, "We're going to have the greatest marriage ever, but listen, just in case it doesn't work, sign on the dotted line." It's not exactly the most romantic thing to do, but you really, really need it.
Too many hollow compliments are not healthy for kids. It is okay to let your children know they are special. It is a part of being a loving parent, but do not overdo it. To constantly lavish praise on your children for every little thing they do is too much. Do not be easy on them. Let your children work hard to gain your praise. They will value it more.
If you over-compliment a child, they start to believe they are entitled to success in life without even trying, but it is not true. When they grow up they will find out that the world is much more difficult than you led them to believe. Then, if they cannot get something right away, they quit. Quitting is a habit that is hard to break.
What surprises many people is that beautiful women love me. For the first season of The Apprentice one broadcast exec said, "To be successful, large numbers of women would have to watch, and why would women want to watch Donald Trump?" I said, "I have not done so badly with women." As it turned out, the biggest audience for The Apprentice by far is women.
We may live in houses in the suburbs but our minds and emotions are still only a short step out of the jungle. In primitive times, women clung to the strongest males for protection. High-status males displayed their prowess through their kick-ass attitudes. They did not give a crap about what other people in the tribe thought. That kind of attitude was and still is associated with the kind of men women find attractive. It may not be politically correct to say but who cares. It is common sense and it's true--and always will be.
Katarina asked me what I thought of the evening. I told her that, while I liked her skating, I thought the music she skated to was horrible. "I know you want to be artistic," I said, "but you really ought to choose music that's more mainstream, something people will enjoy." Katarina was not pleased with my comments and I could see at a glance that steely German temperament. After that, every article written about Katarina Witt included claims that I had asked her out and she had turned me down.
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