During a radio commentary which aired in 2008, Donald Trump described Saudi Arabia as “a very good place to get a divorce” because men do not have to file legal petitions to leave their wives — and because the country’s adherence to strict Sharia law obviates the need for prenuptial agreements.
At the time, the now-Republican presidential candidate also offered high praise for his current rival, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump recorded the 60-second segments as part of a syndicated series — called “Trumped!” — which ran on hundreds of radio stations across the United States from 2004 to 2008.
The Saudi Arabia segment aired in January 2008. Trump told a story about a Saudi man who obtained a divorce from his wife because he was angry that she watched a man on television by herself. After calling “a lot of” American men “chauvinists” for agreeing with Saudi divorce concepts, he summed up the convenience which Saudi divorce law affords men and concluded that “Saudi Arabia sounds like a very good place to get a divorce.”
I’ve heard a lot of different grounds for divorce but here’s a new one: A man in Saudi Arabia divorced his wife for watching a television show when she was at home alone. There are a lot of male chauvinists in this country who really agree with what’s going on over there. They want their women only in the kitchen. The problem was that the show was hosted by a man and, apparently, the husband thought it was an immoral act that his wife was watching this program all by herself. The man ended his marriage on the grounds that his wife was basically alone with an unrelated man — an act which is forbidden under the strict Islamic law enforced in the ultra-conservative kingdom. 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. I’m Donald Trump, and that’s the real deal.
Other segments of “Trumped!” included Trump’s views on tattooed Marines, cloned cats, Trump-brand vodka, the diminishng appearance of Britney Spears, the sexual conquests of KISS bass guitarist Gene Simmons and the positive relationship between marital sex and men doing housework.
In May 2008, Trump spoke against a West Virginia law allowing schools to offer classes in hunting education. “What I don’t understand,” Trump declared, “is the idea of putting guns in schools in today’s volatile world. We hear way too many stories about school violence, so the thought of voluntarily putting guns in the classroom seems like really bad plan.” (RELATED: West Virginia Eighth Grader Arrested Over NRA Shirt Returns To School In Same Shirt)
In March 2008, Trump effusively praised Hillary Clinton’s leadership qualities.
“Well, I know her and she’d make a good president or a good vice president,” Trump extolled. “A lot of people think a Clinton-Obama or an Obama-Clinton pairing would be a dream ticket in November,” Trump continued, alluding to the then-in-the-future November 2008 presidential race.
Trump’s radio segment praising Clinton is one of a number of instances when he has expressed admiration for Clinton. (RELATED: From Immigration To Abortion, Longtime Democrat Donald Trump Must Reckon With His Rich Progressive History)
In 2008, Trump applauded Obama’s selection of Clinton as his secretary of state nominee. “I think Hillary is a great appointment,” he said.
In early 2007, during Hillary’s first, failed presidential run, Trump predicted that she would be the Democratic nominee. “I think she’s a very, very brilliant person, and as a senator in New York, she has done a great job. Everybody loves her.”
In 1999, Trump zealously praised Hillary Clinton as “a wonderful woman” in a CNN interview with Wolf Blitzer. “She’s really a very terrific woman,” he gushed. “I know her. She stays in Trump Tower when she’s in New York.”
According to Mother Jones, Trump must provide explicit permission for before any radio station can release archived segments of his “Trumped!” radio commentary.