On March 6, 2006, to promote The Apprentice, Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka appeared on ABC talk show The View. Cohost Star Jones kicked off the interview by asking what Mr. Trump would do if Playboy put Ivanka on the cover of its magazine.
“This is going to be an interesting answer,” Ivanka, in a moment of foresight, predicted.
She did not know the half of it. Trump’s answer would become something of a legend and has been discussed ad nauseam this summer in the wake of Trump’s presidential candidacy. The incident was widely reported on in 2006; for whatever reason, the clip never made it online to Something Awful, or eBaum’s World, or another early video hosting site.
Well, we tracked down the footage and would like to share it with the world.
“I don’t think Ivanka would do that [pose for nude photographs] inside the magazine,” Trump says, speaking for his daughter. “Although she does have a very nice figure. I’ve said that if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps, I would be dating her.”
And then, as the words he had just spoken formed meaning in his mind, Trump asked: “Is that terrible?”
Joy Behar asks “Who are you, Woody Allen?” Everyone laughs, including Donald Trump, who remarks “That’s very good.” To be fair, Trump has so far avoided marrying his daughter, unlike Allen, who has been a very interesting Google alert subject for the last year and a half.
In response to this comments on The View, Trump’s people issued a statement that the Donald was “absolutely joking” and “making fun of himself for his tendency to date younger women.” This would not be the last time Trump’s people issued a clarifying statement: Trump has made numerous questionable comments in other television appearances that have lead to spokespeople scrambling to save face.
This would also not be Trump’s final appearance on The View: The real estate mogul would later appear in 2011 to ask why President Obama doesn’t show his actual birth certificate, truly getting his political ambitions in motion.