Earlier today, the Associated Press published a report detailing accusations that, in the course of making The Apprentice, Donald Trump had serially demeaned, belittled, and harassed women involved in the making of the show. The anecdotes were creepy and familiar—rating “female contestants by the size of their breasts” and talking about “which ones he’d like to have sex with”—but some of them had a particularly creepy and particularly familiar theme: that Trump had compared the objects of his leering to his own daughter Ivanka.
There was, for instance, this camerawoman:
Eight former crew members recalled that he repeatedly made lewd comments about a camerawoman he said had a nice rear, comparing her beauty to that of his daughter, Ivanka.
[Camera assistant Rebecca Arndt] said that Trump would publicly discuss the woman’s beauty and how her blue eyes and blonde hair compared to his daughter Ivanka’s looks.
“He would just mention it all the time. I remember him comparing Ivanka to her and saying that only Ivanka was prettier,” she said.
Or when he asked a female contestant to “twirl before him so he could ogle her figure”:
Contestant Poppy Carlig, who performed the twirl, said she considered Trump’s request “playful banter.” She added: “I don’t immediately jump to the conclusion that people are having bad intentions with what they are saying. He said I reminded him of his daughter and I thought that was really touching because I know how much he values his family.”
Regarding the allegations, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks had this to say: “These outlandish, unsubstantiated, and totally false claims fabricated by publicity hungry, opportunistic, disgruntled former employees, have no merit whatsoever. The Apprentice was one of the most successful prime-time television shows of all time and employed hundreds of people over many years, many of whom support Mr. Trump’s candidacy.”
Still, Donald Trump loves to tell dirty jokes and banter about sex. And when he is telling these dirty jokes or bantering about sex, one of his very favorite subjects is how much he’d like to fuck his elder daughter. For decades, he has been talking about Ivanka’s body, her sex life, and his attraction to her, often with no provocation.
There’s a lot of psychology behind these gross, bizarre comments to unpack. Ivanka is the daughter of Trump’s first wife, Ivana, a glamorous Czech model who made the mistake of marrying a rich man close to her own age. When the couple reached their 40s, their marriage fell apart, amid acrimony and Trump’s adultery, as he began a pattern of trading in his wives for, literally, younger models.
But even as Trump put Ivana behind him, Ivanka—the name means “little Ivana”—was blossoming in front of him. And through some unholy mixture of sexual possessiveness, narcissism, and the will to brand and commodify his own flesh and blood, Trump seemed compelled to make sure everyone noticed.
When he wasn’t talking about Ivanka directly, he was talking about her teen peers. Especially if they happened to look like Ivanka.
We’ve compiled every documented instance of Trump’s public expressions of incestuous and ephebophilic tendencies we could find. If you know of anything we missed, please let us know. We’d hate for another one of The Donald’s hilarious jokes to go overlooked.
The Daily Show originally dug up this footage from 1994 of Trump discussing his other daughter, Tiffany Trump, when she was just one year old. (Ivanka, at the time, was 12.)
When asked by Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous host Robin Leach which attributes Tiffany received from either parent, Trump went an unexpected route:
Well, I think that she’s got a lot of Marla. She’s a really beautiful baby, and she’s got Marla’s legs. We don’t know whether she’s got this part yet [mimes breasts], but time will tell.
Congratulations to the proud father.
In 1997, Donald recruited his then 16-year-old daughter Ivanka to help host the Miss Teen USA pageant. And Donald could not have been more proud.
He turned to Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee, Miss Universe at the time, and asked for her opinion of his daughter’s body.
‘Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?’ ” Ms. Lee recalled him saying. ‘I was like, ‘Really?’ That’s just weird. She was 16. That’s creepy.”
Trump responded to The Times’ claims by saying that “a lot of things get made up over the years. I have always treated women with great respect. And women will tell you that.”
On (where else but) Howard Stern’s show in 2003, Trump offered some insight into the bizarre power dynamic behind his attraction to his then-21-year-old daughter:
You know who is one of the great beauties of the world, and I helped create her? Ivanka. My daughter, Ivanka. She’s six feet tall. She’s got the best body. She made a lot of money as a model—a tremendous amount. And then she went cold turkey and gave it all up, because she had to go to college. Because I wanted her to go to college. She goes to the best college.
Look at this beautiful, perfect, fuckable creature I created, says Donald Trump.
While appearing on The View with Ivanka (then 24) in 2006, Trump was asked what he would do if Playboy put his daughter on the cover. “This is going to be an interesting answer,” Ivanka said, laughing.
Trump responded, “It would be really ... disappointing (not really). It would depend on what was inside the magazine.” Later, he offered that he thought Ivanka wouldn’t do that, “although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.”
In 2013, Trump and 31-year-old Ivanka went on Wendy to promote the most recent season of The Apprentice. During the show, Wendy Williams had them play what should have been a harmless, not-at-all sexualized game in any normal situation. That is not what happened.
When asked about his favorite thing he has in common with his daughter, Trump answered with a smirk:
Well, I was going to say “sex,” but I can’t relate that to her.
My friend, you just did.
In September of 2015, Rolling Stone did a profile of Trump. In a brief aside, Trump once again speaks about his daughter in hyper-sexualized language that sure makes it seem like he wants to fuck her:
At 69, he can still carry on like the teen who was yanked out of prep school and delivered to Col. Dobias, the take-no-shit instructor at the military academy. After I met Ivanka and praised her to her father, he said, “Yeah, she’s really something, and what a beauty, that one. If I weren’t happily married and, ya know, her father . . .”
During a gala celebration after 1997's Miss Universe pageant, Donald Trump cornered the then 21-year-old Temple Taggart (that year’s Miss Utah) to tell her “how much he liked her style” and invite her “to visit him in New York to talk about her future.”
Soon enough, she said, he delivered another unwelcome kiss on her lips, this time in Trump Tower. After boasting of his connections to elite modeling agencies, he advised her to lie about her age to get ahead in the industry, she said.
“‘We’re going to have to tell them you’re 17,’” Ms. Taggart recalled him telling her, “because in his mind, 21 is too old. I was like, ‘No, we’re not going to do that.’”
At the time, Donald Trump was 51 years old. (Trump “disputed many of the details” of this account, according to the Times.)
As the New York Daily News discovered, in 1999, Howard Stern’s co-host asked Donald Trump if he “ever worried” because he has “a daughter who is a model.” Trump, however, decided to answer a different question entirely:
I do, and I have a deal with her. She’s just 17 and doing great—Ivanka. And she made me promise or swear to her that I would never date a girl younger than her. So, Howard, as she grows older, the field is getting very limited. To deal with, you know.
Stern then joked, “Yeah, the nerve of her! Now you can’t go out with 16-year-olds.” Trump laughed, but said nothing.
Speaking to New York Magazine in 2002 about Jeffrey Epstein—a billionaire convicted in 2008 for soliciting an underage prostitute, and who is alleged to have recruited and groomed dozens of underage girls over the years—Trump said:
I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it—Jeffrey enjoys his social life.
Trump was even listed in Epstein’s infamous little black book, as reported by Gawker. It’s worth noting that former President Bill Clinton is also one of Epstein’s alleged party pals. And we all know how well Bill and Trump get along.
Later, in 2003, Trump told Stern:
Now, somebody who a lot of people don’t give credit to but is in actuality very beautiful is Paris Hilton. I’ve known Paris Hilton from the time she’s 12, her parents are friends of mine, and the first time I saw her she walked into the room and I said, ‘Who the hell is that?’ At 12, I wasn’t interested… but she was beautiful.
According to The Daily Beast, Trump “also admitted to watching Paris Hilton’s sex tape with Knauss, despite knowing her since the age of 12 and being very close friends with the Hilton Family.”
While this accounts for the majority of Trump’s (reported) comments on his particular sexual proclivities, god knows what else he’s said over the years. So again, if you have anything at all you’d like to share, send us an email here.