Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says that he supports “traditional marriage” but that gay people who might question whether his three marriages qualify as traditional “have a very good point.”
The real estate mogul has seen positive signs in some recent primary polls, but faces questions about his conservative bona fides (to say nothing about his inexperience in elected office) in the crowded GOP nomination race.
He got the marriage question in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, taped before Friday's Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.
“They have a very good point,” Trump said. “But, you know, I've been a very hardworking person. I've had—actually, I have a great marriage, I have a great wife now. My two wives were very good, and I don't blame them. But I was working maybe, like you, 22 hours a day.”
Host Jake Tapper said he wasn't asking Trump to explain his divorces, but Trump continued, saying, “I blame myself because my business was so powerful for me. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing.”
Asked again what he would say to a married gay person questioning him on the issue, Trump said, “I really don't say anything. I'm just, I'm just, I'm for traditional marriage.”