Following 60 Minutes Interview, Many People are Still Missing the Bigger Story with the Stormy Daniels Scandal

From the very beginning, my stance on the Donald Trump/Stormy Daniels affair has remained the same: I don’t care.

Anyone who didn’t think this “president” had cheated on his current wife (after cheating on all of his others) either hasn’t been paying attention to the type of person Trump is, they’re in denial, or they’re woefully naive.

So when the news broke a few weeks ago that Trump paid Daniels $130,000 just prior to the 2016 election to remain silent about an affair they had in 2006, shortly after Melania had given birth to their son, my first thoughts were, “Yup, that sounds about right.”

I knew it wasn’t going to matter. Not to his supporters, anyway. I wasn’t foolish enough to believe that people who voted for a guy who belittled an American war hero in Sen. John McCain, mocked a man with disabilities, talked about the size of his penis during a presidential debate, and was caught on video bragging about sexually assaulting women were actually going to care that he cheated on his current wife with a former adult film star.

The truth is, if I were making a list of scandals and controversies linked to Trump, his affair with Daniels might not even break the Top 25 — heck, maybe not even the Top 50.

That said, there is an aspect to this story that I do care about and I wish more people were focused on rather than the reality-TV nonsense and details that make the better headlines but, ultimately, do nothing more than solidify the already held belief by many that Trump’s a sick, vile individual.

Yes, some of the things Daniels said in her 60 Minutes interview were interesting, and rather disgusting, especially the part about how she reminds him of his daughter. Furthermore, the threats she says she received should definitely be investigated further. However, at the end of the day, none of that’s going to matter to most Republicans and Trump’s supporters.

For me the real story here is Trump’s continued denial of the affair despite practically overwhelming evidence that money was paid to Daniels prior to the 2016 election. Money that, by the way, might have been paid illegally — we still haven’t gotten to the bottom of that, either.

Most rational, sane people know Trump’s a pathological liar who cries “fake news” whenever journalists report on a story he desperately doesn’t want people to believe is true.

Other than the possible illegal payment to Daniels, this story matters because it’s one of the best examples proving one important fact: even when faced with an overwhelming (and growing) mound of evidence proving that he’s a liar, Trump will still deny that the truth is real.

His own lawyer has admitted that a payment was made to Daniels. Meanwhile, her lawyer has said that Trump’s legal team has made threats against them pertaining to the non-disclosure agreement she signed.

Well, if they didn’t have an affair, then why, exactly, did Trump’s lawyer admit to making a $130,000 payment to her and why are they threatening her with legal action for breaking an agreement?

None of that makes sense if your argument is that this is all “fake news” and Trump never had an affair with Daniels.


In my opinion, this is a perfect example of the serial-lying nature of Trump.

If he’ll lie about something like an affair, despite the fact that there’s near-indisputable evidence proving that it happened, then why wouldn’t he lie about colluding with Russia, why he fired James Comey, what’s in his tax returns, or practically anything else?

As I’ve said numerous times before, the only person Trump cares about is himself and doing what he feels is in his own best interests. If that means denying indisputable reality to avoid having to admit that something negative about him is true, then that’s what he’s going to continue to do until he’s left with no other options.

Think about it, does anyone reading this believe Trump would have admitted that he said what’s on the Access Hollywood video if he hadn’t been caught on video saying it?

Of course not.

Just like with this, and practically every other story, he’d have denied he made those comments, called it “fake news,” then attacked whatever source was trying to expose the truth about him.

But you know what, you don’t need to believe me, the media, or even Daniels — just look at Melania.

Last I checked, I didn’t see her rushing out to defend her husband from these allegations. I didn’t see her publicly criticizing these women for lying about her husband.

Nope.

For the most part she’s stayed silent and, by all accounts, very distant from Trump — even traveling separately to Mar-a-Lago recently.

While Trump might continue to deny he had an affair, and his supporters might sheepishly believe him, all you need to do is look at the behavior of the First Lady over the last few weeks to realize that she clearly seems to be affected by these allegations.

So, if we’re going to talk about the Daniels controversy, we shouldn’t focus on Trump having an affair on his wife. Instead, we should confront Trump supporters with the reality that, if he’ll lie about something such as this, despite the fact that there’s clearly evidence proving that she was paid a large sum of money to be silent, then what makes them think he hasn’t been lying about colluding with Russia, what he said to James Comey when he was the FBI director, and a whole host of other things people have accused him of that he’s denied were true?

They probably won’t give you the answer you’re looking for, which is to finally admit he’s a liar, but it wil at least force them to have to come up with something ridiculous that further proves how gullible they are to continue defending and supporting him.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.