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Did Donald Trump Say He'd Like to Date His Daughter?

"It's a sense of humor that people don't see from him all the time."

Published July 10, 2015

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Donald Trump said that he'd like to date his daughter Ivanka.

In July 2015, a rumor started circulating via social media that Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump had once said he'd like to date Ivanka, his daughter from his 1977-92 marriage to Ivana Trump:

According to report published by USA Today, Trump made the comment during a 2006 appearance on the daytime talk show The View while discussing the possibility of Ivanka's posing for Playboy magazine: "It would be really disappointing — not really — but it would depend on what's inside the magazine. I don't think Ivanka would do that, although she does have a very nice figure. I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."

While USA Today noted that Trump's comment drew laughs from the crowd, Trump's representative nonetheless felt the need to issue a statement after the episode aired to make absolutely sure that people knew The Donald was just joking: "[Donald Trump] was absolutely joking. He was making fun of himself for his tendency to date younger women. It's a sense of humor that people don't see [from him] all the time."

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.