Wednesday 22 November 2017

'I think you have what it takes' - Donald Trump tells centrefold model as two more appearances in Playboy videos revealed

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Reno, Nev
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, in Reno, Nev

Harriet ALexander

Donald Trump was revealed on Wednesday to have made cameos in two more Playboy videos – following the revelation last week that the Republican presidential candidate, who now champions a crackdown on pornography, made an appearance in a 1994 film.

Mr Trump is fully clothed in all three films. But in other scenes women are fully naked and rubbing themselves.

The new two films, unearthed by CNN, show Mr Trump interviewing a series of fully-clothed models as Playboy hunts for its 40th anniversary centre fold. 

In one scene, according to CNN, Mr Trump interviews a potential model, asking her what qualities she possesses that would make her the right choice.

"I believe that it's not just beauty, I think it's an attitude," the model says. "I think it has a lot to do with personality and an attitude. I think Playboy really represents that, and I believe that I have that, and I have what it takes to represent them."

"Well I think you have what it takes too," Mr Trump replies. "And I think everyone in this room thinks you have what it takes also."

Bridget Marks, one of the models Mr Trump interviewed, said in a phone interview with CNN that she had a positive experience with Mr Trump that day and whenever she has seen him since.

"I thought he was thoughtful. I thought he was respectful. I had a very good time," said Ms Marks, a registered Democrat who said she is remaining neutral in the presidential election. "He has remembered my name and been very nice to me and my family whenever I've seen him."

Jeff Cohen, a senior photo editor for Playboy who was at the event, said that the magazine knew that Mr Trump would create more publicity for its special edition.

"We sat around and decided, 'Let's launch the search in New York City,'" he told CNN. "Obviously, the media capital. We'll get a lot of press, we'll get TV, we'll get radio. What's the best way to do that?

"'Aha, I know, we're gonna ask Donald Trump whether he would come and photograph, do the test pictures, of the first girl that comes in.'

"And that's basically what we did."

Mr Trump also appeared briefly in a 2001 Playboy video, which featured a Betsey Johnson fashion show. He appears backstage, alongside two Playmates and his current wife and then-girlfriend, Melania Knauss.

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment from CNN.

Mr Trump has long struggled to win support from female voters - something seized upon by Democrats.

Hillary Clinton, his Democrat rival, brought up comments about Alicia Machado – a former Miss Universe – in the first debate, reminding him how he demeaned her by referring to her as “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” – for her Latina roots.

He then, at 3am on Friday morning, launched into a bizarre tirade against her. Mrs Clinton said it showed he was “unhinged.”

The latest CNN/ORC poll, conducted after the first debate, found that 62 per cent of women viewed Mr Trump unfavourably.

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