Donald Trump: If you don’t like your wife, ‘be rougher’

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Sometime in late February or early March, Donald Trump sits down with journalist Nancy Collins for ABC’s Primetime Live. During the interview, Trump talks candidly about his thoughts on women, but some of the clips are cut from the March 10th episode.

Collins releases a transcript from the full interview years later. Here are some highlights:

How to Fix a Marriage: Get Rough

I tell friends who treat their wives magnificently [and] get treated like crap in return, “Be rougher and you’ll see a different relationship.”

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How to End a Marriage: Let Your Wife Go to Work

Putting your wife to work is a very dangerous thing — the single biggest reason my marriage [to Ivana] stopped being good… When I come home at night and dinner’s not ready, I go through the roof… She became an executive, not a wife.

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An edited version of the quote above did make it to television.

In the unaired portions of the interview, Trump also reveals that he initially wanted to be a movie producer. One of his early motivations to build huge buildings was the idea that celebrities might get to know him.

At one point I wanted to be a movie producer — I loved Cecil B. DeMille, Louis B. Mayer. I applied to USC cinema school, before deciding that show business wasn’t a good one, too much luck involved.

Before college graduation, I was working with my father, did great for him. But I wanted to do buildings in Manhattan like Trump Tower where Steven Spielberg, Johnny Carson, Andrew Lloyd Webber lived.

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