Donald Trump Defends His Divorces

My favorite part about Donald Trump's probably-not-going-to-happen presidential candidacy is the opportunity it has given him to expound upon the subject of divorce and how it does, and does not, affect one's political prospects. I think it's safe to say that Trump is ploughing new ground. A couple weeks ago, one of his top advisers alluded to Trump's view of divorce while attempting to explain why his boss having flip-flopped on some issues wouldn't pose a problem: "People change their positions all the time, the way they change their wives.''

Yesterday, Tom Beaumont, a top political reporter at the Des Moines Register, got to interview Trump in advance of some of Trump's aides coming to Iowa next Monday to keep up the ruse meet with key leaders and activists. Beaumont, who has a keen sense of where the gold is buried, asked Trump about his divorces and was rewarded with this priceless answer:

Like former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Trump is on his third marriage. "But one of the reasons I was divorced is because I worked very hard," he said. "And, you know, that's a good reason. But I worked very, very hard building up a great company. And it's a great company."


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Joshua Green is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

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