A recent Newsweek article claims Donald Trump Jr . and Ivanka Trump tried to have their sister Tiffany removed from President Donald Trump‘s will. It’s an incredible accusation, one based on an age-old Howard Stern interview and picked up by multiple prominent news outlets, but it’s inaccurate to say the least.
Newsweek obtained exclusive access to 15 hours of Howard Stern interviews with Trump that predate his political rise. Stern himself had chosen not to liberate the interviews, claiming it would be a “betrayal” of Trump, who he considers a pal, but some of the audio has since been made public.
Stern’s interviews with Trump have stimulated waves before. During the campaign, an old Howard Stern clip disclosed Trump’s contradictory comments over the Iraq War.
Newsweek ‘ s recent article came from a dialogue Trump had with Stern in December 2005. Towards the end of the interview, co-host Robin Quivers asks Trump,” Do your older children get nervous every time you have another child ?”
” I have a friend who is also like a very rich guy, OK? ” Trump answers. “And he said how his children detest the new children coming along and everything else; I said,’ Yeah, because every time you have a child, it’s 20 percent less to the people .’ I don’t wanna use my children so I’m utilizing his children as two examples, but the fact is, every time you have a child it’s 15, 20, 25 percentage less so you are familiar with, maybe they’re not thrilled. But I think they’re very happy .”
( Trump has been occasionally accused of committing making up people whose personas are thinly veiled references to himself to construct the level he wants to get across, so it’s possible he is talking about himself and his kids here .)
Stern then pipes in saying,” There was a rumor Donald Jr. and Ivanka tried to bump off the other child .”
“Tiffany?!” Quivers interjects.
” Is there any true to that ?” Stern asks.
“Tiffany is great ,” Trump says.” I have a great child in Tiffany. I have great children.”
” And Tiffany’s taken out a hit on Melania’s new child ?” asks Stern.” Any true to that ?”
“Well,” Tump answers.” It does cut up the pie as you retain making .”
” Tell me the truth though …” Stern says, pivoting to another topic.
“Yes,” says Trump
” Are you still making love to Melania during her pregnancy ?” Stern asks.
Trump says that yes, as of a few weeks ago, he’d had sex with his pregnant wife.
The entire exchange takes less than a minute and occurs between the 29:43 and 30:40 mark in the way below.
Although Quivers seems to be implying that Don Jr. and Ivanka might be worried about their inheritance, a will is never specifically mentioned. And while Trump often disguises behind the” I was joking” defense, it seems that, in this case, Stern and Quivers, whose whole undertaking is to build people laugh, do in fact appear to be joking.
On Monday, Newsweek em> go with the headline,” Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr. tried to’ lump’ Tiffany out of her inheritance, according to newly released tapes .” There were a number of trouble with the initial article. To begin with, it inaccurately attributed Quivers’ initial question to Stern.
“‘ Do your older children get nervous every time you have another child ?’ Stern asked, citing the children’s inheritance ,” em> wrote reporter
Later Silva again misattributed one of Quivers’ quotes, stating that Trump was the one who exclaimed “Tiffany?!”
Trump immediately responded with “Tiffany?”
Is there any truth to that? Tiffany ?” Stern asked. Trump said he had great children and scaped the issues to until Stern asked again:” Tell me the truth, though .”
“Yes,” Trump said
Silva also depicted the conclusion that Trump’s ” Yes ” here is meant to signify,” Yes, my children have been conspiring against each other ,” not” Yes, I will tell you the truth .” This isn’t necessarily an illogical judgment, but given the context of the conversation, the latter interpretation seem to be construct more appreciation, specially when you listen to the audio.
It’s also odd that when Stern says,” There was a rumor Donald Jr. and Ivanka tried to bump off the other child .” This is taken to mean removing her from the will.” Bump off” is more typically used to mean “murder,” and while that would remove her from the will, that’s not the way Newsweek framed it, saying the two were” embroiled in a battle to take away inheritance fund from their sister .” A battle like that is never mentioned. But it’s specially clear when, just a few seconds later, Stern asks,” And Tiffany’s taken out a hit on Melania’s new babe? Any truth to that ?”( At the time Melania was pregnant with Barron Trump .)
The Daily Dot reached out to Newsweek via email regarding these issues, and although the publication did not directly respond, the original article has been updated to correctly attribute Quivers’ quotes, and the reference to Trump’s somewhat ambiguous ” Yes” has been removed.
The original story, nonetheless, was picked up by several other outlets such as Esquire and People . All of them employed the same incorrect quotes and described the same judgments. People on Twitter were happy to share an article that apparently demonstrated the feelings they already had about the Trump family.
* pretends to act shocked* https :// t.co/ I9fRYHH9sQ
— corey kindberg (@ coreykindberg) September 26, 2017
Ivanka: A true-life champ for women who are not her sister. https :// t.co/ gno2yAUGGu
-- Girls Really Rule. (@ girlsreallyrule) September 26, 2017
As if I needed one more reason to detest this disgusting household https :// t.co/ 2SGPs6Inl5
-- Edward K Jordan (@ EK_Jordan_OKC) September 26, 2017
The First Family https :// t.co/ CyYr5yFjdH
-- What's That Sound (@ OneVoice1 111) September 26, 2017
Newsweek has liberated at the least two other articles based on the Stern interviews. One is from a 1999 dialogue where Stern asks about Trump being assassinated if he picked Oprah Winfrey as his running teammate and another from 2004 where Stern asks if Trump ever "felt up" Melania Trump in public.
In the latter, Stern asks," Have you ever felt her up in public ." Trump laughter at this, and Newsweek construes that chuckle as "Yeah." Perhaps that is something that he says, but it's hard to tell for sure. He surely seems to tone his giggle in a dismissive fashion. Newsweek also interprets Sterns next answer as," Yeah, as I know ," even though it is sounds more like," He has, I know it ." And Newsweek altogether leaves out Trump saying he's " mentally" felt her up, which would imply he's denying that he fondled Melina in public.
It seems unclear, or at the least not clear enough to warrant the headline," Trump says he groped Melina in public ."
There's plenty of damning audio to be in these interviews. The misogynistic, narcissistic aspects of Trump are on full presentation throughout. There's no need to exaggerate the contents of conversations that originally aired on shock radio.
But Newsweek ' s framing of the Trump's comments, in his own terms, is fake news.