Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump once praised Saudi Arabia for a reason that will surprise many, though it really shouldn’t.
Coming from a man that invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination a total of 97 times in divorce proceedings with Ivana Trump in 1990 to avoid admitting to cheating, it should come as no surprise that Trump has said some kind words about Saudi Arabia’s sharia law.
In a 60-second segment in January of 2008 of the daily radio commentary “Trumped!”, the Donald praised sharia law when discussing a news story about a Saudi man who had divorced his wife. The man had reportedly separated from his wife for, as Mother Jones reports, “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… 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.”
It seems that Trump’s radio shows served as yet another way for him to speak ill of women. As Mother Jones reports,
Trump’s remarks about Saudi Arabia were not the only commentary from his radio show with relevance to Trump’s own marriages. Trump often used the show to discuss the appearance of female celebrities. In one segment from 2005, Trump noted that pop star Britney Spears had disappeared from a list of the sexiest women alive compiled by FHM, a men’s magazine. “Angelina [Jolie] took over the crown from Britney Spears, who didn’t even make the sexy list this year,” Trump said. “She has gone down, there’s no question about it. That’s what a marriage can do for you.”