By Mary Washington
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is going in the direction of other GOP candidates by focusing on family values.
“I will be the most family values president in history,” said Trump, at a campaign stop in Illinois. “I do family good, look how well my kids turned out?”
Trump says he will bring up former President Bill Clinton’s marital affairs during the next debate. During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania, he suggested Hillary may have cheated on Bill. But that might be a dangerous move, since Trump is on his third marriage and cheated on both of his former wives. He also bragged about his sexual exploits, tried to get his second wife, Marla Maples, to pose nude for Playboy and appeared in a soft-core pornographic movie.
His campaign team is filled with other men who have gone through multiple marriages. Trump supporters former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich are both on the third marriages and cheated on previous spouses. According to his former wife, Gingrich, a big proponent of “traditional values,” once proposed they have an open marriage.
Former FOX News CEO Roger Ailes, who is advising Trump, is on his third marriage and was booted from the network for sexually harassing female employees. FOX News had to pay former anchor Gretchen Carlson $20 million to settle a sexual harassment suit. CNN’s Jake Tapper said Trump is surrounded by “a philanders club.”
When questioned about his marital history on “Meet the Press,” Giuliani said, “Everybody does (have infidelities.) You know I’m Roman Catholic, I confess these things to my priest.”