More than 450 people attended Donald Trump’s lavish 2005 wedding to Slovenian supermodel Melania Knauss. The guest list included Billy Joel, Katie Couric, Kelly Ripa, Simon Cowell and Tony Bennett. But it was another guest who got prime placement at the Trump nuptials — then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton.
According to a People magazine write-up at the time, Clinton watched the ceremony from the front pew of the Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Fla.
Former president Bill Clinton was unable to attend the wedding — Trump’s third — but joined his wife at the reception afterwards.
Clinton’s attendance — and top-billing — highlight a political imaging problem for Trump who, to the shock of many, announced on Tuesday that he is running for president.
Trump came out as an aggressive conservative in 2011 as he teased a White House run in 2012. His direct attacks against President Obama attracted many conservatives, including tea party supporters. But Trump’s public statements masked his long history of supporting Democrats and holding liberal positions. It emerged that Trump had donated to the political campaigns of Hillary Clinton, New York U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Nevada U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, and California U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi. (RELATED: Donald Trump Donated Heavily To Democrats, Especially During Election That Put Pelosi And Reid In Power)
It also recently came to light that Trump donated $100,000 to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. In typcial Trump fashion, he defended the contribution, saying that the Clintons “kissed [his] ass” for the money.
During his announcement speech on Tuesday, Trump slammed President Obama while also attacking many of the candidates in the GOP field, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Notably absent from Trump’s speech was any mention of Clinton.
[h/t Bloomberg Politics]