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ABC News 20/20 aired an exclusive interview with Donald Trump and his family on Nov. 21, 2015. Iconic Barbara Walters interviewed him, his wife Melania, and four of the five Trump children. As usual, the interview was presented with tough questions mixed with those that were entertaining. For the most part, the family members interviewed answered the queries with chirpy responses while they posed for the camera. The Republican presidential frontrunner was asked why he chose to seek the nomination at this time. He explained that he had thought about running when Mitt Romney ran, but did not mention whether that was in 2008 or 2012. However, he flirted with the media about being a potential candidate for the last 30 years. According to Trump, 2015 was the year for his campaign because the United States needs a president who can truly “Make America Great Again.” Walters declared the presidency would be his greatest “get of all.”
After the montage of campaign trail video clips, which were predominately of his questionable behavior, Walters talked about when she first met the man. It was an interview in 1987, Michael Jackson was at the height of his career, hair was big, and “greed was good.” To demonstrate this idea, a clip from the movie, Wall Street with Micheal Douglas, saying, “Greed works,” was shown. During that first interview, Walters and Trump were in his helicopter flying over New York City and there was a discussion about the skyline as well as real estate. The businessman confessed his desire to own the entire city, except Central Park. He stated, “I think it should be preserved; that Donald Trump should not be allowed to touch Central Park.”
Although he is considered by many as crass, obnoxious, and bigoted, Trump currently holds a substantial lead in the polls. In fact, the poll updated by Huffington Post Pollster on Nov. 18, 2015, indicated the front-runner holds a healthy lead over the other GOP candidates at 30.4 percent. Carson is in second place with 17.6 percent.
During the recent interview, Melania, wife number three, was introduced as Trump’s first lady. This begs the question–how would she fair as the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS)? The discussion was as follows:
- Walters implied that Melania had a questionable appearance. She would not portray the conservative image Americans equate with the First Lady. Walters also mentioned the missus (Mrs.) would be the first foreign-born FLOTUS since John Quincy Adams’ wife, Louisa. The question was presented as, “I don’t know how to put this, but your image, looking the way you do, is that a liability for your husband?”
- Melania answered, in her thick accent and broken English, “I don’t think so. People will always judge, maybe they will, on the past that you have, the way you were modeling. That was part of the job. I was a good model, and I did some photo shots. Yes, they were a little [risqué] but nothing more than you see every year in Sports Illustrated.”
- Donald interjected, if he were lucky enough to become the president, “The public will be so lucky to have Melania as [their] First Lady. She will be so beautiful, elegant, and good from the heart.”
This writer does not believe being beautiful and elegant are the qualities that people are looking for in a woman who represents America. Furthermore, the media and others promptly complain when anybody who inhabits the White House dresses provocatively. There will most likely be disapproval about her overly large bosom falling out of her low-cut clothing. The video below displays Melania’s extravagant clothing choices.
Ivanka Trump, “The Donald”‘s favorite child, explained, “He was the first to tell us how privileged we are and with that privilege [came] responsibility. We had to learn the value of money. We were so lucky to have been afforded [so much] since birth.”
As the hour wound down, Walters once again entered into a dialogue with Trump. He explained he wanted to be a baseball player when he grew up. However, he decided to go into real estate. When asked about what he fears, the businessman divulged, he does not like to reveal his fears because it gives the enemy ammunition to use against him. Trump is happy with his physical appearance, although his children think he should eat healthier. When explaining what it is like to be a one-percenter, he replied, “There is a certain loneliness.” However, he has “a good life and a good family.” He pointed out, “The happiest people I see are people who have a great family life.”
Walters questioned, “On what occasion do you not tell the truth?” In response, Trump claimed, he tells a fib when he tells a person they look good even when they do not. In this writer’s opinion, he lied when he proclaimed, “Believe it or not, I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings.”
When answering the question, “Is there anything you want, that you currently don’t have,” Trump proclaimed, “The presidency.” He believes he “will do a great job.” Melania and his adult children agree. His nine-year-old son, Barron, the child who could be living in the White House, was not interviewed. However, he did appear on the program with his seven nieces and nephews. This scene played out in Trump’s office and it showed a softer side of the crass public figure. The show’s intent was to warm hearts toward the Trump family. While they posed for Walters, it seemed the Republican frontrunner successfully appeared to be capable of being soft-hearted.
Please enjoy the video below. ABC’s Inside Edition discusses Melania’s suitability if she were to become the First Lady of the United States.
Opinion by Cathy Milne
Edited by Leigh Haugh
ABC 20/20 Interview: The Trump Family Portrait
Huffington Post Pollster: 2016 National Republican Primary
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