Back in the summer of 1990, now Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was having a very public affair with his soon to be second ex-wife, former Georgia beauty queen, Marla Maples. At the same time, Trump was in the midst of a bitter divorce with his first wife, Ivana Trump.
During the couple’s divorce proceedings, Ivana Trump’s attorneys made Donald Trump testify under oath about his relationships with other women and whether or not the real estate mogul had been faithful to his wife.
The attorneys asked Trump approximately 100 questions concerning his alleged infidelity. But instead of answering, Trump invoked his Fifth Amendment rights, which protects against self-incrimination — and he did it an astounding 97 times.
“Donald preaches about his devotion to the Second Amendment, but it was the Fifth Amendment that was his favorite when he was deposed in the divorce with Ivana,” wrote biographer Wayne Barrett in his 1992 book, Trump: The Greatest Show on Earth. A New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement report later verified Barrett’s reporting on those depositions, which are still sealed.
Trump would later go on to brag about how he managed to settle the divorce without giving Ivana a penny more than was required by their prenuptial agreement.
Interestingly, Trump had a much different attitude about the Fifth Amendment during the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation, after several of Clinton’s staffers pleaded the Fifth during the inquiry.
“Now the people who destroyed the emails are all pleading the Fifth Amendment in front of Congress today,” Trump said earlier this month at a rally. “Have you seen that is going on before Congress? Fifth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Fifth Amendment — horrible, horrible.”
Trump even went on to compare anyone who pleads the Fifth to a criminal.
“So there are five of them taking the Fifth Amendment, like you see on the mob, right?” he said at another rally in Iowa, inflating the number by two. “The mob takes the Fifth Amendment. If you’re innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?”
The GOP candidate once again manages to live up to one of the strongest Republican values: hypocrisy.
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