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If you Google for the phrase "Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?", you will find quite a few sites, some of them reputable publications purporting that Donald Trump asked that question.

Snopes is quiet, so can anyone say definitively whether he did say this, or whether it is just speculation/a smear campaign? I know that he has made other questionable remarks about this daughter, so wonder about the truth of this allegation.


Example from BuzzFeed

Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that President-elect Donald Trump once asked, “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?” — but the quote was quietly removed before the syndicated column was published Tuesday.

Trump was reportedly referring to his daughter, Ivanka, who was 13 years old at the time.

The quote was circulated Monday in a draft of Cohen's piece “Our Next President, The Godfather" that was sent to outlets that syndicate the column, a source told BuzzFeed News. The quote did not appear in the later, final version of the piece carried by the Post and other outlets.

Cohen's column details the president-elect’s increasingly blurred familial and political ties as he prepares to enter the White House.

The reporting appeared in an advance version of the column that was circulated on Monday for publication on Tuesday and thereafter. It appeared as an aside after the introduction of Jared Kushner, which still appears in the final column:

Jared Kushner, our Tom Hagen, who married Trump's stunning daughter Ivanka — "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.

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    Since this was supposedly said in a private unrecorded conversation with an unnamed person, I don't see any way to prove or disprove it. – Peter May 8 '17 at 9:16
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    "His daughter and wife" - should this be edited to "his daughter and his wife" for clarity? – Andrew Grimm May 8 '17 at 12:19
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    Should which wife he meant also be specified? – Shadur May 8 '17 at 14:30
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    1. There are several religions in the US that allow polygamy, and the most prominent one isn't Islam. 2. Parallel vs Sequential. – Peter May 8 '17 at 17:04
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    Trump did say that he would be dating his daughter Ivanka if he wasn't married. You can find this on youtube. – Farhan Nov 28 '17 at 19:10

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