One of the noticeable aspects of Donald Trump’s administrative entourage is that multiple marriages (following divorces) are not unusual.
Mr Trump himself has been married three times. One of his most able supporters, the former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, has also been married three times. And his new chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, is married to his third wife.
None of this is considered particularly remarkable: Donald Trump has faced far more criticism for making lewd remarks about women than for splitting up with his two previous wives.
Ex-mayor Giuliani – revered in New York for having “cleaned up” the city, dramatically reducing crime – is currently married to his third wife, Judith. The break-up of his second marriage attracted a good deal of media attention in 2001, because an affair became public. Yet the Italian-American Giuliani has defined himself as a “not-so-good Catholic”.
There are also, by contrast, Trump-associated characters who have remained married to a first spouse: his vice-president elect, Mike Pence, a serious Christian; his chief of staff Reince Priebus, still married to his childhood sweetheart; and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Irish-American Catholic Paul Ryan.
Pope Francis wisely said, when asked for a comment on the election of Donald Trump, “I don’t judge politicians.” But in terms of the changing face of social mores, it’s interesting, just the same, that serial marriage now seems just another fact of life.
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