Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Affairs, & Why We Should Care

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Affairs, & Why We Should Care

When it comes to evaluating an individual’s character and truthfulness, affairs provide some very valuable insights.

Donald Trump had an affair with Marla Maples, then married and divorced her.

Donald Trump had an affair with Marla Maples, then married and divorced her.

It’s not just idle curiosity to want to know if someone’s marriage started as an affair, it’s an important indicator.

Knowledge of this kind of personal history is extremely valuable when evaluating character.

We have every right to know:

  • Is this person truthful?
  • Does this person have good judgment?
  • If a previous marriage started as an affair, will he/she do it again?

Donald Trump Sets the Stage

Now, as a prime example, let’s look at a name that’s at the top of the news, Donald Trump. Both Trump’s second and third marriages started as affairs (i.e. he was still married when he got too close to another woman).

Does this have any relevance to evaluating him as a presidential candidate?  Yes it does.

If a person lies about one thing, will they be truthful as president?

Hillary Clinton Shows That Truthfulness Counts

One major issue Americans are considering as they evaluate presidential candidates is their truthfulness. This shows up in polls where people are asked what their positive and negative thoughts are regarding another candidate, Hillary Clinton.

This is what Americans are thinking about.  And just as Hillary Clinton’s statements about her use of a private email server for government business are being questioned, in the same way, inquiries about Donald Trump’s marriages and affairs are also relevant.

Does the fact that Donald Trump had two affairs reflect on his truthfulness?  Yes, it does.

Affairs always involve lies: 

  • Lies to one’s spouse (“I was working late”)
  • Lies to the other woman about the state of the present marriage (“My marriage is really over” or “We haven’t had sex in 10 years,” which, by the way, is almost always not true)
  • Lies to oneself (“I found my soulmate,” “I deserve more” and “This new person will be perfect”).

We don’t know if Donald Trump said any of these things; but it is valid to consider his marriages, divorces and track record of affairs as indicators of character.

What We Deserve to Know About All Candidates

Regarding all candidates for office, we want to know:

  • Is this person truthful?
  • Does this person have good judgment? (It is amazing how many times one or both parties in an affair do something incredibly risky showing poor judgment.)
  • Would this person say something untrue or use poor judgment again in another situation?

These are good questions to ask.

Even in the domain of presidential politics, affairs can sometimes lead us to important answers.