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Mr. T. and His Women
August 18, 2016 ~ By ThePolicyGeek
Seen here with his first wife, his second wife, and his third wife, it is clear that Trump is pro-marriage, and also clearly pro-marriage between a man and a woman, and a woman, and a woman. Each of these partnerships have proved fruitful. His first wife, Ivana, to whom he was married for 14 years, is still a close adviser of Trump the candidate, reportedly sharing her opinions on the daily.
“Speaking of America, Donald’s on the phone,” interrupts Dorothy,
Ivana’s longtime assistant and her kids’ former nanny. Ivana excuses herself.
From NY Post Interview with Ivana Trump - April 3, 2016
Their marriage (1977 - 1992) was survived by three children: Donald John Jr., Ivanka Marie, and Eric Fredrick. His second wife, Marla, lasted six years (1993 - 1999), and brought their daughter Tiffany into the family. Other than giving birth to his youngest son, Barron, however, it is unclear, what his current wife, Melania Trump - 24 years younger than Donald - brings to the table. After a chunk of her speech at the RNC was revealed to be plagiarized wholesale from Michelle Obama's speech to the DNC eight years earlier, we're not sure if her command of the English language is as proficient as we were led to believe. Also, despite what her professional website and the 2016 RNC program read, Melania Trump did not in fact complete a degree in architecture and design at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. In July 2016, CBS News checked the official public records of the university, and discovered that Melania Trump is not listed as having graduated from there with a degree.
Some people, a few people, are saying that Melania's nothing more than an extension of Donald's ego. Certainly, we would never say such a thing. But someone tweeted it, so...
Trump's Children (Cosmopolitan, 2016)
So, as you can see, the man is virile, and he'll tell that to anyone curious on the subject. We also found he's actually pretty old fashioned at heart. In fact, it's been widely reported that this ladies' man was cheating on his first wife, Ivana, with Marla, and that he was cheating on his second wife Marla with Melania. Well, you know what they say...it's easier to get a new job if you still have your old job when you're looking. #FamilyValues
One of the more interesting things about researching Trump's love interests of the past (and there are a bunch), is his fetish for dating models from his Trump Modeling Agency, and whether this anti-immigrant candidate has himself pushed the limits of immigration law, getting work for models who don't have the legal right to work in the United States. In fact, recently the media Donald so vilifies has started to look into a photo spread of Trump's current wife, the one auditioning to be first lady. Melanie famously posed nude for the now-defunct Max Magazine for an issue that hit stands in January 1996. It was a retrospective issue on the goings on the year before, 1995.
[Here we have to say, there is no need for us to post a link. That would just be using naked photos of our potential first lady to score points, and that would be politically incorrect. The photos were, after all, already on the front page of the NY Post -- anyone can google it if they had to.]
The photo shoot itself, and the puritan questions around whether or not a woman who's posed naked for work would be an appropriate person to fill the position of First Lady in The White House is ongoing, but not really what a feminist-forward country ought to be thinking about. People are saying that Donald and Melania deserve to be private people, and that the naked modeling shoot happened way over 20 years ago. Well, they'd be right. The shoot took place back in the 90s, long before she was a citizen, heck, even before she had a work visa. We only bring it up, because, well when your husband has made his opposition to illegal immigration the foundation of his presidential run, these sort of facts matter.
Tycoon Trump taking a photo of Bridget Marks during Playboy Magazine's 49th Anniversary Playmate Search at a New York Hotel.
(Ted Blackbrow/Daily Mail/REX/Shutterstock)
Modeling while touristing. The practice is pretty common: models come here and work without a visa - returning home every few months to update their visa - and then come back to do more work. It's not legal, but it's done. Public Radio International did a great piece on the subject - if you're curious - titled, "These undocumented workers aren’t in the shadows, they’re out on the catwalk." To summarize, they say, "It was a common practice in the 1990s in New York for less scrupulous agencies to bring in foreign models to work illegally on a temporary business basis and with only tourist visas. That's according to a PBS piece with Sara Ziff, founder of the Model Alliance, a group that advocates improved labor standards for fashion models.
Trump The Candidate has repeated over and over that he will fight illegal immigration with every fiber of his being, and while both Melania and the GOP nominee have said she came to the United States legally, her own statements suggest she first came to the country on a short-term visa that would not have authorized her to work as a model. Melania insists she came to New York in the spring of 1996, but as we previously mentioned the jaw dropping nude photo shoot plastered on the cover of the New York Post actually does place her in the United States in at least January of 1996 when the issue hit the stands. A biography published in February (2016) and authored by Slovenian journalist Bojan Požar and publicist Igor Omerza says she was already living in the United States in 1995. The photographer himself has recently said his memory isn't that great but that he thought the naked shoot might have actually happened in 1996 and that the Melania issue actually came out in 1997. He's wrong.
“I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program and
institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every
visa and immigration program. No exceptions.” - Donald Trump
( Credit: Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
Visiting The Home Country
When you come to the U.S. as a tourist, you can't stay that long. Every few months you have to go back to your home country, and then you can return. This visitors visa system is the only one consistent with Melania's explanation of how she first began her modeling career in the United States.
"I never thought to stay here without papers. I had a visa.
I traveled every few months back to the country to Slovenia to stamp the visa."
Melania Trump with Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC
I'm a paragraph. Click once to begin entering your own content. You can change my font, size, line height, color and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the optOf course, U.S. immigration law does NOT require such trips back to the home country and did NOT require that for work-visa holders at the time either. As we mentioned, people who hold visitor visas certainly are required to leave the country on or before the end date of their authorized stay, and, if they want to return, there is indeed a need to get their visa renewed and papers stamped. But, and this is a big but, U.S. law does not allow someone to use a visitor visa to regularly live and work in the country.
An O-1 work visa, or "loophole visa," the type used for foreigners who possess “extraordinary ability," are frequently given to star scientists, athletes and entertainers to allow them to work in the United States. The O-1 visa, however, comes with an initial stay period of up to three years, so an O-1 visa would NOT have required her to leave the country "every few months."ions from the toolbar.
Univision ended their relationship with Miss Universe after Trump makes comments about Mexicans during his candidacy announcement. (Univision)
Past Is Prologue
To participate in the 1995 New York photo shoot published in Max Magazine, legally, Melania would have needed some sort of working visa, likely an H-1B, as her native Slovenia was not part of the State Department’s visa waiver program until 1997. And even if she had that type of visa at the time, for which we can find no proof, Melania’s use of the H-1B program would stand in contrast to her husband’s position today. Trump, who has consistently made his opposition to illegal immigration the centerpiece of his campaign, has also vowed to crack down on the use of H1-B visas as president. In March, he said he would “end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions.”
Many immigrant lawyers are saying that if Melania did come here and work illegally, that would be visa fraud, and that would call into question any green card application and subsequent citizenship application — thus raising questions about Melania Trump’s legal status, even today, despite her marriage to a U.S. citizen. We're not saying it. But many people are saying... Just sayin. In early August, Donald Trump and officials in his campaign assured voters they would organize a news conference to clear up any questions. It's mid September now and still nothing has been said about the legal means by which his Slovenian-born wife, Melania, entered the country in the mid-1990s and became a permanent resident in 2001, several years before they were married in 2005.
Questions persist, the Trump campaign has refused to answer them, and no such news conference has occurred. Donald feels the subject is not relevant because she became a citizen in 2006, but it is interesting to note that Melania would be the first presidential spouse to be born outside the United States since Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams, who was born in England. Like a true model, Melania Trump is 5-foot-11. Interestingly enough, though, she would not be the tallest first lady. She would hold the top spot, but she would have to share it with Michelle Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt, who also both clock in at 5-foot-11. Melania Trump would also be the first first lady to be born and raised in a communist country.
If Melania Trump didn't completely follow the rules, some sympathy may be in order. U.S. immigration laws are so difficult to navigate, so dysfunctional and so out of step with the demands of the American labor market that - well, it's no accident that 11 million people live in this country without proper documentation, and that many or most of them have been here for 15 years or longer. What is probably needed, more than a deportation of 11 million people and their families, is some good old-fashioned immigration refor, and a budget to hire more judges, build more courts, and streamline the system.
Trump kisses Miss Universe 2009 Stefania Fernandez as they arrive at the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant (CNN)
Taking Advantage of "Undocumented" Models
When you have people working for you that don't have a legal standing to be in the country, it's a whole lot easier to be wishy-washy with their wages, and now a Manhattan judge is reviewing a Jamaican model's wage lawsuit against the GOP presidential candidate's very own modeling agency. Alexia Palmer alleged in an October 2014 lawsuit that Trump Model Management only paid her $3,880.75 for all the modeling shoots she did from 2011 to 2013. There were more than 20 in that time.
The model's case from this video was dismissed for insufficient evidence of any promise to pay her for work done; however, she currently has a case before The Department of Labor and report after report shows the mogul's New York modeling agency, Trump Model Management, has indeed profited from using foreign models who came to the United States on tourist visas that did not permit them to work here.
Trump Pockets The Cash
According to a financial disclosure filed by his campaign in May, Donald Trump earned nearly $2 million from the company, in which he holds an 85% stake. Meanwhile, several former Trump models say they barely made any money working for the agency because of the high fees for rent and other expenses that they were charged by the company.
Canadian-born Rachel Blais spent nearly three years working for Trump Model Management. After first signing with the agency in March 2004, she said, she performed a series of modeling gigs for Trump's company in the U.S. without a work visa. At Mother Jones' request, Blais provided a detailed financial statement from Trump Model Management and a letter from an immigration lawyer who, in the fall of 2004, eventually secured a visa that would permit her to work legally in the United States. These records show a six-month gap between when she began working in the United States and when she was granted a work visa. During that time, Blais appeared on Trump's hit reality TV show, The Apprentice, modeling outfits designed by his business protégés. As Blais walked the runway, Donald Trump looked on from the front row. She did the work. He made the money. And with iffy immigration status, it's awfully hard to complain.
Sexual Harassment Charges Against Trump Companies
Sometimes - we know it's hard to believe - but sometimes, everything isn't always about The Donald. Sometimes, the stories we uncover - about the candidate's problems with the woman vote in general - have more to do with the business practices of his companies rather than the candidate himself.
According to the Shirazi Law Firm
On August 16, 2016, this law firm wrote an article about Erin Breen, a female employee at Trump National Golf Course in Jupiter, Florida who alleges that she was terminated after she complained about being sexually harassed by Joe DiPasquantonio, the former food and beverage manager at the same golf course. Breen alleges that Pasquantonio did the following to her:
On December 30, 2013, Breen alleges she made a formal complaint to her direct supervisor, Laura Daniel. Instead of investigating the alleged harassment, Daniel acted uninterested. Breen alleges that her employer retaliated by firing her shortly after the complaint. Trump National Golf Course though, says the official reason for Breen’s termination was due to time-card theft and gambling while on the clock.
After recently suggesting during an interview that if his daughter were sexually harassed at the workplace, he would hope she would just change careers, the subject of sexual harassment has been brought to the forefront. And isn't the office of the President the ultimate business manager? So again, these sexual harassment charges are relevant when judging the past judgments and policies of a potential POTUS.
Trump's penchant for fondling models aside, several stories have resurfaced from reputable sources claiming Donald's advances were not always appreciated, even by his first wife, Ivana. While The Donald’s reputation as a womanizer is well documented, the public doesn’t often talk about these accusations. But according to legal documents, Trump has been accused of raping a 13-year-old child, raping his ex-wife, and attempting to rape a former business associate. He vehemently denies all of these accusations—and it should be noted anyone can file a civil complaint in court, and a complaint is by no means proof of allegations. We don't want to paraphrase, or misquote, so below you'll find the links to the stories for you to decide for yourself. In the case of the last two, those are links to the actual court documents directly. These are brutal stories, we know. The most recent being the last one which is currently playing out on the national stage in New York Federal Court.
Donald and his first wife, Ivana Trump
RAPE STORY #1
Shaken But Not Stirred
The headlines read: "Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ‘Violated’ During Sex." The allegations are that during the couple's divorce proceedings in the early 90s, Ivana Trump accused the current GOP frontrunner of assaulting and raping her in a rage over a painful scalp reduction surgery. (Donald denies both the 1989 assault and the surgery.) Who is to say what happened in private between two people? Although Ivana Trump’s assertion of “rape” came in a deposition—part of the early ’90s divorce case between the Trumps, and was revealed in the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump, she later said she was "violated," but not raped. Turns out, back when America was great, a women couldn't say her husband raped her. There was no such thing. Sex between a man and his wife was considered 'marital relations,' and protected by the law as such. Seriously.
The legal history of marital rape laws in the United States is a long and complex one, that spans over several decades.The criminalization of marital rape wasn't even an idea until the mid-1970s, but by the mid 1990s marital rape became a crime in all 50 states. Before that, American husbands were protected from criminal charges and could do as they please to their wedded wife, with states legally differentiating between the way marital rape and non-marital rape were treated. The laws have continued to change and evolve, and in the 21st century most states have reformed their legislation. Lucky Donald got it in just before the cut, allegedly.
In the run up to the 2016 election, these charges were recounted by Ivana. But it is important to note that this allegation was not made by just anyone about just anyone. It was made by Trump's wife of 14 years, it was said about Donald J. Trump in 1993, and in 2016 he's now candidate for President.
RAPE STORY #2
RAPE STORY #3
This one we don't even want to comment on. We're absolutely not going to discuss the recruiting parties thrown by the Trump Modeling agency where the industry standard for young women to start their careers is about as soon as they hit double digits. Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia made her modelling debut for Young Versace at 10, and even protected Kardashian clan member cum tv reality star Kendall Jenner started when she was 14. We don't want to repeat that Jane Doe in this case was 13 years old at the time of these incidents.
We are not going to parse the fact that the statute of limitations on a minor yelling, "rape!" before 2006 was only 5 years. We certainly don't feel like talking about the crazy work of the feminazis who got that statute of limitations removed. We don't want to tell you that the Jane Doe in this filing wrote that she, "remained silent on the matter for so many years because she was afraid of the threats against her family being carried out," or that she "remains traumatized by the incident due to the media coverage of Trump." We don't want to have to explain this is now an open civil case and can no longer be prosecuted as criminal. So we're not gonna talk about it. It's hot out, and we're going to enjoy the rest of this summer day. You're on your own. Just click the link if you want to see the actual legal documents filed in court, and currently under review.
To be clear, we're not saying Donald J. Trump is a serial rapist. We wouldn't say that. But other people have reported that he's a rapist. Maybe it's just because he's famous and they want something from him, like cash. That could be it. Or maybe not.
After all that heavy stuff, we thought we'd post something just for fun.