During his divorce proceedings with Ivana Trump in 1990, Donald Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination 97 times in order to avoid admitting to cheating on his wife, the Huffington Post reported Friday. So it should come as little surprise that Trump praised Saudi Arabia’s Shariah law because “it allows men to divorce their wives without going to court.”
A report by Mother Jones revealed that the Republican presidential candidate “praised the Islamic law, or Shariah, system during a 60-second syndicated daily radio commentary called “Trumped!” that he recorded from 2004 to 2008.”
According to the report, Trump discussed a news story of a Saudi man who had divorced his wife for watching a television show while alone at home because, in Trump’s telling, the husband considered it tantamount to being alone with a strange man.
“Men in Saudi Arabia have the authority to divorce their wives without going to the courts,” Trump said in a January 2008 segment. “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.”
Trump’s radio vignettes often mirror his own life and his past treatment of and attitudes toward women that are now haunting his campaign.
Former New York Daily News columnist Liz Smith recently recalled a conversation with Ivana Trump before her divorce: “She threw herself into my arms sobbing and crying and saying, ‘Donald doesn’t want me anymore. He has told me, he can’t be sexually attracted to a woman who has had children.'” In order to entice her husband, Ivana got a facelift and a breast augmentation, Smith said.
BuzzFeed News first uncovered the show and its website in March and the Wall Street Journal published some audio transcripts in July.
According to the Wall Street Journal, stations that still have an archive of the shows cannot release the audio without Trump’s permission.
Here’s a look at the show’s website:
“Trumped!” lasted approximately 90 seconds and aired on hundreds of stations around the country. After it’s launch in 2004, Donald Trump was quoted in the New York Times suggesting the show would be “bigger than Rush Limbaugh.”
But like many ventures Trump attempted in the 2000s — Trump University, Trump Vodka, Trump Steaks, and GoTrump.com, to name a few — his radio show apparently failed and was ultimately discontinued in 2008, the report said.