President-elect Donald Trump said he was “sexually attracted” to his daughter Ivanka Trump when she was 13 years old, a Washington Post column draft claimed. Columnist Richard Cohen wrote that Trump then asked a question so terrible, it makes people shudder.
The thing is, if the president-elect needs to ask a truly sick question, then he tells us exactly who he is and where his ethics lay. According to BuzzFeed, this is the question:
‘Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?’
But for some reason, the syndicated column editors removed the quote. A draft of the column “Our Next President, The Godfather” had been sent on Monday to the various outlets that syndicate Cohen’s piece. But the quote was absent in the final version seen in the WaPo and other news outlets.
Cohen’s focus was about Trump’s blurred family and political interests long before the billionaire’s swearing in ceremony come January. Tuesday, the president-elect went to the New York Times and said:
‘In theory I could run my business perfectly and then run the country perfectly.’
The Washington Post sent an advance column out Monday for the newspapers to print on Tuesday or later. The edited-out question was an aside following Cohen’s introduction of Ivanka’s husband Jared Kushner. The WaPo cut the aside, but the intro remains in print.
‘Jared Kushner, our Tom Hagen, who married Trump’s stunning daughter [Ivanka Trump] — “Can I ask you something?” Trump asked someone I know, about his then-13-year-old kid, “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?” — has lately lost some of this Boy Scout aura. It turns out Kushner’s admission to Harvard was preceded by his father’s $2.5 million pledge.’
The outlets, which were to publish Cohen’s column, received an updated version of the column meant to replace the first draft. In the later version, WaPo pulled the appalling question. Not one of the newspapers that publish Cohen’s column used the piece with Trump’s sexually inappropriate quote in it.
The Washington Post’s editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said this in an email to BuzzFeed:
‘We (or the Washington Post Writers Group, our affiliated syndicate) edit every column to try to make it as good as it can be.
‘We don’t think it would be fair to our writers to discuss the editing process, and don’t see what is to be gained by talking about things that are not published — there are countless drafts that never see the light of day.’
Thus far, a spokesperson for Trump has not responded to BuzzFeed’s many requests for a comment.
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