How nasty can Donald Trump be? As Buzzfeed reports, this nasty: when his ex-wife hinted she would tell the truth about who he was after he announced he might run for president in 1999, he held back an alimony payment and went to war against her in the press.
Maples said at the time to the London Telegraph, “If he is really serious about being president and runs in the general election next year, I will not be silent. I will feel it is my duty as an American citizen to tell the people what he is really like.”
AP reported Trump telling reporters, “She’s pretty upset that she hasn’t been in the limelight. But she got a little limelight today. I guess she wants her day in the sun.” He doubled down with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, moaning:
It’s too bad the venom that she’s got, and I thought I was very nice to her. I’ve taken good care of her. But she’s got a lot of venom and it’s too bad. And it’s just not becoming of her, but I think she’ll probably be more responsible. I mean you have a confidentiality agreement; you’re not allowed to talk. And she goes out and says, ‘I wouldn’t this, I wouldn’t that.’ So I say, ‘Why am I paying money to somebody that’s violated an agreement?’ But we’ll see what happens in the future and if in the future she continues I guess I`ll have to take very strong measures.”
His lawyer, Jay Goldberg, blasted, “The 15 minutes of glory ended when she left Donald’s side. So this is a perfect way to attract publicity. All of her actions stand for the proposition ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.’” He added, “Ms. Maples didn’t have the capacity to understand, participate, or take a role in the business world. The public is quite aware of the difference in capacity, mental capacity, between Marla Maples and Ivana Trump.”
The coup de grace? Trump’s attorney stated Trump refused to ante up the remaining $1.5 million of his alimony, telling the Daily News, “We notified the court that we are not paying and that we are putting the check in an escrow account.”
Maples’ lawyer, William Beslow, responded, that Maples “respects the privacy of her marriage,” adding, “One has to ask, ‘Why now are Mr. Trump’s representatives maligning Ms. Maples?’ and the truth is clear. They’re hoping to discredit Ms. Maples, so that if she chooses to say anything in the future, Mr. Trump can shrug it off as the words of an angry person whose intelligence should be questioned.”
After a judge rebuffed Trump’s attempt to claim that Maples violated her prenuptial agreement, Trump’s lawyer suddenly claimed to the New York Post that Trump never wanted to withhold alimony; instead whining, “It was never our intention to withhold the $1.5 million check. Our purpose was to send a message that she was playing close to the fire. That should slow her down.”
Jennifer Bretan, Maples’ spokeswoman for Maples, ripped Trump to the Post: “It’s the sign of real insecurity that Donald Trump feels the need to authorize his mouthpiece to strike out against an ex-wife who he has basically been holding financially hostage. ” Beslow echoed, “Ms. Maples left Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump did not leave Ms. Maples.”
Of course, Trump has no shame; when he was still married to his first wife, Ivana, as Vanity Fair has written, he was openly flirting with Maples. From Vanity Fair:
“How can you say you love us? You don’t love us! You don’t even love yourself. You just love your money,” twelve-year-old Donald junior told his father, according to friends of Ivana’s.