Real estate tycoon Donald Trump on Monday shamed Fox News host Megyn Kelly for answering questions about her sex life in a radio interview she did five years ago. But as the businessman’s interview history shows, he isn’t any more “innocent” than Kelly when it comes to talking about sex in public.
Trump has been on the attack against Kelly since she asked him to address misogynistic comments he’s made over the years about women during Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate. On Monday, Trump tweeted a link to a Newsmax article about a largely vanilla interview Kelly gave raunchy shock jock Howard Stern in 2010. The most explicit the interview got was when Kelly stated her bra cup size.
“Oh really, check out innocent @megynkelly discussion on @HowardStern show 5 years ago–I am the innocent (pure) one!” he wrote.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2015
But Trump also appeared on Stern’s program numerous times, where he offered his appraisal of the bodies of several actresses and got into a memorable shouting match with a gossip columnist whose girlfriend he claimed to have stolen. Trump’s been open about his own sex life in various magazine interviews, too.
Here’s more information about what goes on in The Donald’s bedroom than you probably care to know.
The Daily Beast recently resurfaced a 2001 episode of “The Howard Stern Show” in which Trump and then-New York Daily News gossip columnist A.J. Benza feuded for nearly 30 minutes over whether or not Trump stole Benza’s girlfriend.
The men’s beef was over model Kara Young, whom Trump said he dated after she and Benza broke up. At one point, an increasingly irritated Benza asked Trump: “What do you think, you’re the world’s best lover?”
“Well I’ve been successful with your girlfriend, I can tell you that,” Trump responded. “Hey A.J., look, it bothered you a lot and it should bother you a lot.”
From there the two traded enough revealing insults to fill a supermarket tabloid cover to cover.
“This guy doesn’t shake hands but he bangs Russian people,” Benza said, making a reference to Trump’s well-documented germophobia. “He used to call me when I was a columnist and say ‘I was just in Russia, the girls have no morals, you gotta get out there.’”
“A.J., any girl you have I can take from you if I want,” Trump said later. “Any girl you have I can take from you. You’re full of shit.”
Stern asked some probing questions about Trump’s relationship with model Melania Knauss, who is now his wife, in a 2003 interview.
Asked whether Knauss was taking birth control pills, Trump said yes. Stern then ribbed Trump about his second wife, Marla Maples, whose unplanned pregnancy gave him his daughter Tiffany.
“I bet you still pull out, just to make sure?” Stern asked.
“No, I don’t. [Melania’s] just amazing,” Trump said.
Stern also asked Trump whether he made sex tapes, to which the billionaire responded it wasn’t “his thing.”
In a 2004 interview, Playboy asked Trump whether he was a fan of Viagra.
“No, I’m not. I think Viagra is wonderful if you need it, if you have medical issues, if you’ve had surgery. I’ve just never needed it,” Trump told the magazine. “Frankly, I wouldn’t mind if there were an anti-Viagra, something with the opposite effect. I’m not bragging. I’m just lucky. I don’t need it.”
“I’ve always said, ‘If you need Viagra, you’re probably with the wrong girl,'” he added.
Later in the interview, Trump was asked about his memories of the Studio 54-era. The billionaire said he never indulged in drugs or alcohol but did partake in more carnal delights.
“Were you dating a million models at the time?” the interviewer asked.
“A million. I was dating lots and lots of women. I just had a great time,” Trump answered. “They were great years, but that was pre-AIDS, and you could do things in those days that today you’re at risk doing. AIDS has changed a lot.”
Asked whether there was ever a time that he was worried about contracting AIDS, Trump answered, “There was, but I got tested.”
Trump spoke with Piers Morgan, who won the billionaire’s reality TV competition “Celebrity Apprentice,” for a 2008 GQ interview that covered everything from his politics to his secrets for being good in bed. It all comes down to “the Look,” the real estate tycoon explained.
“I think there are a lot of secrets,” Trump told Morgan. “A lot of it is down to the Look. Don King, the boxing promoter, is a friend of mine, and he is a believer in the Look. He doesn’t mean you have to look like Cary Grant, he means you have to have a certain way about you, a stature. I see successful guys who just don’t have the Look. And they are never going to go out with great women. The Look is important. I don’t really like to talk about it because it sounds very conceited… but it matters.”
The billionaire also told Morgan that he’d voluntarily give up sex for five years in exchange for $10 billion.
“You can do a lot of things with ten billion dollars,” he said. “You double up my net worth just by not having sex, sure. That’s pretty good. I could do that.”
Trump gave glimpses into his dating life in several of his books. He wasn’t shy to recount that as a young man in 1970s Manhattan he went out with a different woman almost every night.
“I had a comfortable little studio apartment in Third Avenue in the city, and I maintained a lifestyle that was fairly commonplace then but that now, in an age when people are worried about dying from sex, is hard to even imagine,” he wrote in “Trump: Surviving at the Top,” as quoted by The Washington Post. “I didn’t drink or take drugs; as far as stimulants go, I’ve yet to have my first cup of coffee. But I was out four or five nights a week, usually with a different woman each time, and I was enjoying myself immensely.”
Trump never quite let go of that free-wheeling lifestyle, even as he considered salvaging his marriage with his first wife Ivana.
“I even thought, briefly, about approaching Ivana with the idea of an ‘open marriage,’” he wrote in “Surviving at the Top,” as quoted by the Post. “But I realized there was something hypocritical and tawdry about such an arrangement that neither of us could live with — especially Ivana. She’s too much of a lady.”
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Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.