Donald Trump, one of (too) many 2016 presidential hopefuls, sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday to discuss his plans for this great nation. Of course, the conversation led into same-sex marriage, which is now legal in all 50 states following Friday's landmark ruling from the Supreme Court. As the business mogul tried to head down the conservative route, Tapper questioned if Trump's "traditional marriage" stance could be taken seriously because of his several marriages (and divorces). It wasn't pretty.
Trump has been known to say he "evolves" on certain issues, constantly. So Tapper asked him if he has "evolved" on the issue of same-sex marriage, and Trump said he has. "I'm for traditional marriage," the billionaire told Tapper.
"So what do you say to a lesbian who's married, or a gay man who's married, who asks, 'Donald Trump, what's traditional about being married three times?'" Tapper fired back. Sick burn, Jake.
Trump kept his cool, though his response didn't address the question — at all. The business mogul responded:
They have a very good point. But I've been a very hard-working person, and I have a great marriage and a great wife now. My [first] two wives were very good, and I don't blame them, but I was working — maybe like you — 22 hours a day.
Cool story, Trump, but is divorcing your wife [or wives] so you can marry a younger woman the traditional-marriage model in America? Are you really upholding the sanctity of marriage while also denying the right to marriage for same-sex couples?
That's really what Jake Taper wanted to know. "I'm not asking you to explain your divorces," Tapper interjected.
But it was far, far too late. "I blame myself, because my business was so powerful for me," Trump said, in what might be the Trumpiest statement yet.
He still had no response to the apparent hypocrisy, or what he considers "traditional marriage," or why he objects to same-sex marriage in the first place. "I'm just for traditional marriage," he told Tapper. He's just for it (because he's running on the GOP ticket).
To be fair, Trump possibly handled the legalization of same-sex marriage better than some of his fellow GOP presidential candidates. At a rally in Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) condemned the Supreme Court ruling. "For those who say the marriage decision yesterday is the law of the land, it is fundamentally illegitimate, it is wrong, it is not law, and it is not the Constitution," Cruz said.
Meanwhile, Rick Santorum's campaign sent out emails on Sunday asking for donations to stop "the aggressive social liberal agenda" of same-sex marriage. "It is perfectly normal to be discouraged," Santorum's campaign wrote. "But that doesn’t mean that we will ever give up on our convictions and principles."
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