The GOP Frontrunner Is a Notorious Adulterer Whose Current Wife Posed in Her Altogether – Is This the End of GOP ‘Family Values?’

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Now that we have a Republican frontrunner who is an infamous serial adulterer and whose current wife once posed nude for a magazine in his private jet, can we say that the GOP’s 35-year masquerade as the party of “family values” is officially over?

Imagine for a moment that photos had emerged of a wife of a past Republican frontrunner — Ann Romney or Cindy McCain, for example — supine on a fur rug in the altogether. Their husbands’ campaigns would have been over faster than Rick Perry could say “Oops.” But this is Teflon Don, so even evangelicals are apparently okay with what they’d otherwise consider a sinful display.

And then there is the candidate himself. Just 14 years after impeaching Pres. Clinton over a sex lie in civil lawsuit, the Republicans are now giving majority support to a notorious philanderer who openly carried on an affair with wife number two while still married to wife number one, and may have started seeing number three (the one who posed nude) while still married to number two.

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Republicans first began marketing themselves as the party of family values during the 1980 election cycle. Still reeling from the Watergate scandals and Pres. Richard Nixon’s forced resignation, the party sought to shore up its declining registration by doubling down on Nixon’s “Southern strategy,” a ploy to promote party-switching by two inter-related voting blocks — evangelicals who were disaffected by the sexual liberation movement and neo-Confederates who were disgusted with the Democrats’ expansions of African-American civil rights

With TV preacher Rev. Jerry Falwell, the GOP stood up the Moral Majority, a well-funded activist organization that blanketed churches with political leaflets espousing the down-home values of Republican candidates, especially including the 1980 GOP nominee. The propaganda push was highly effective. Millions of formerly conservative Democrats who’d rarely bothered to vote in the past changed parties and voted for the Republican nominee.

What these newly minted Republican evangelicals did not know, of course, was that the GOP’s family-values nominee that year had “lived in sin” with his first wife before their marriage and later had married his second wife after he’d gotten her pregnant.

And, yes, that nominee was Ronald Reagan.

It wasn’t just Reagan, of course. It turned out that the ranks of Republican politicians were filled with hypocrites who banged the family-values drum by day and, well, banged people other than their spouses at night.

The hypocrisy reached its zenith in two stages in the mid-1990s. The first stage was the passage in 1996 of DOMA, the Republicans’ Defense of Marriage Act, which was drafted by a serial adulterer, Rep. Bob Barr of Georgia, pushed through the House by Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was carrying on an affair with a staffer at the time (current wife Callista) — and signed into law by Pres. Clinton at the same time he was having a fling with Monica Lewinsky.

The second stage was Clinton’s impeachment in 1999, during which Gingrich was forced to resign the speakership apparently because of his affair with Callista. It also came to light that key Republican leaders of the impeachment, including both the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Government Oversight committees, Henry Hyde and Dan Burton, respectively, had had affairs, as had Republican senators who voted to impeach, notably including Tim Hutchinson of Arkansas, an ordained evangelical minister who was sleeping with a staffer when he voted to impeach Clinton for lying about sleeping with a staffer. (Hutchinson’s brother is the current governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson.)

“Family values” is, as everyone knows, just a politically correct way to express bigotry toward gays. Over the past three and a half decades, under the rubric of family values, Republicans have used bigotry toward gays to drive voters to the polls in election after election — perhaps most significantly during the 2004 presidential election when Karl Rove mounted an anti-gay campaign in Ohio that many believed made the difference in George W. Bush’s reelection. The party also deployed family values campaigns to convince voters in 35 states to pass anti-gay amendments to their states’ constitutions, all of which were voided by a Supreme Court decision this year.

As a political movement to stop the gay rights cause, the GOP push for family values failed. Acceptance of gay rights actually grew during the family values era. By 2012, it appeared that Republicans had grown tired of the charade, a weariness that was exposed by a burst of support for serial adulterer Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. As columnist Roland Martin wrote at the time, a moment during the January 2012 Republican primary debate in Charleston may have signaled the beginning of the end of GOP’s family-values ruse.

“When the invited audience of 2,300 Republicans stood up and applauded Newt Gingrich’s angry and defiant response to the opening question from CNN’s John King about allegations leveled by the ex-wife of the former speaker of the House,” Martin wrote, “it was clear that the GOP, always judgmental about marital fidelity with Democrats, threw that out of the window.”

Gingrich lost the nomination that year, of course — to Mitt Romney, a family-values espousing pol whose Mormon grandfather had five wives.

Now, four years later, the same Bible Belt crowd that cheered Gingrich — who had cheated on his cancer-stricken first wife with his future second wife, Marianne, on whom he cheated on with his current wife, Callista — is supporting Donald Trump, a millionaire playboy who’s had the sort of romantic career Gingrich could only lust after.

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As the swinging young heir to a New York real-estate fortune, Donald Trump played the field until 1977 when, at age 31, he married Ivana Zelnícková, a Czech immigrant, with whom he had three children. In the mid-1980s Trump began an affair with Marla Maples, a Georgia-born ex-beauty queen. For the next four years, Trump led a double life, essentially maintaining two households, one for his family and the other for his mistress.

These two world collided in 1990 when he took his entire retinue on vacation to Aspen — Ivana and the kids in one hotel and Marla in another. Ivana found out, of course, and made a very public scene of the ski slopes. The story was splashed across the tabloids, as was the extremely messy divorce that ensued. In one of Ivana’s depositions, she accused Trump of having raped her after a plastic surgeon she’d recommended had hurt his scalp. After the divorce, Ivana walked away with a multimillion dollar settlement — reportedly $20 million in cash, a $14 million estate in Connecticut, $350,000 in alimony annually, among other assets — and has since recanted the rape accusation.

By the time Trump married Maples in 1993 he’d become a fixture on the gossip shows and supermarket rags. The couple had a daughter, Tiffany, but the marriage was troubled, and they divorced in June 1999. Trump had already met his current wife, Melania Knauss, a Slovenian fashion model, by then, however. She was 28 and he was 52 when during New York’s Fashion Week in 1998. The relationship went public in 2000 — around the time Melania posed nude for British GQ in Trump’s jet. The couple married in 2005, and their son Barron was born in 2006.

The secret to their marriage? “We have incredible sex at least once a day,” Melania revealed early on in an interview with Howard Stern. “Sometimes even more.”

Over the years, Trump has been linked to numerous other women, including the late Texas-born, drug-addicted Playboy model, Anna Nicole Smith; Penthouse model Sandra Taylor; Carla Bruni, the future wife of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy; Scandanavia model Ingrid Seynhaeve; and Jackie Siegel, star of the documentary, “Queen of Versailles.”

According to the right-wing New York Post, Trump also dated future Fox personality Kara Young but dumped her after learning that her mother was African-American.

Victoria Zdrok, a Ukrainian beauty who posed for Playboy and Penthouse magazines, claims she went on four dates with Trump and told journalist Chaunce Hayden, “He [Trump] would always talk about this one girl, a supermodel, and how he would give her the best orgasms of her life.”

“He told me he really likes this girl but he would never go out with her because he found out she was half-black,” said Zdrok, according to a transcript in the August issue of Metropolis Nights magazine, “He needed somebody more mainstream.”

Trump’s response was classic: “I never took her [Zdrok] out,” he told a reporter. “It’s total bullshit. She looks like a third-rate hooker.”

Trump also became so fixated on Princess Diana after her divorce that she became alarmed by the unwanted attention. According to British television host Selena Scott, Diana “became increasingly concerned about what she should do. It had begun to feel as if Trump was stalking her.”

Finally, in a bizarre twist on the GOP’s push for family values is a remark the frontrunner made about the one hot young blond he can’t date — his daughter, Ivanka.

“[She] does have a very nice figure,” Trump once opined. “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”

6 Comments

  • SWS
    January 28, 2016 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    Trump criticized Megyn Kelly and re-tweeted a post about Kelly posing “sexy” in GQ magazine…. yet his wife posed NUDE and he expects her to be the First Lady….

  • Winston
    February 24, 2016 - 10:33 am | Permalink

    Love paragraph three. Next time you see some GOP idiot going after Clinton, point out their laughable HYPOCRACY. GOP family values, hilarious!

  • jo
    February 26, 2016 - 10:33 pm | Permalink

    Someone should ask Trump if he’ll have his wife pose nude in the Oval Office on the seal rug.

  • ed clift
    March 24, 2016 - 5:16 pm | Permalink

    ““Family values” is, as everyone knows, just a politically correct way to express bigotry toward gays.”

    What a crock!

  • Nate
    March 26, 2016 - 11:02 am | Permalink

    Grow up. I’m assuming you’re a Christian, because of your comment about family values. Even if you’re not I’m sure you can agree that people can change. So Why judge The trumps now for something to happen 16 years ago. And even if Trump is into hot women who pose nude so what, JFK was one of the greatest presidents we’ve ever had and he was a notorious womanizer. Every great man has his vice, every great person has his or her own vice. Now go ahead and read your apocalyptic Jesus is coming back bedtime story to your four-year-old child and traumatize them for life
    Fool
    Racca

    • So So Mean
      May 30, 2016 - 11:27 am | Permalink

      You are quite a hypocritical idiot. Why does Mr. Terrific judge Hillary for something her husband did almost 20 years ago??? Because he’s just like you…a complete HYPOCRITICAL jack ass. Why don’t you introduce your top lip to your bottom lip and just shut the fuck up.

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