To be honest, I couldn’t care less if Donald Trump had an affair on his current wife, First Lady Melania Trump. I just don’t. Under normal circumstances I would, but when it comes to this “president,” cheating on another wife doesn’t even rank in the Top 25 for worst things he’s said or done.
As I’ve said before, if we’re going to pay a lot of attention to some sort of sexual scandals involving Trump, let’s focus on the 16 or so women who’ve accused him of sexual abuse — that’s a much bigger story than a consensual affair he had with an ex-adult film actress.
That said, I do understand why some people care about this story. The hypocrisy of Republicans, people who claim to be all about “Christian family values,” supporting and defending a lowlife like Trump never ceases to amaze me. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to live in the same state of cognitive dissonance as your average conservative voter.
For me, the part I’ve focused on isn’t what Trump did, but how he’s trying to cover up.
Naturally, since this story first broke, it’s been denied by everyone involved with this “president.”
Of course, there’s still the reality of a $130,000 payment made just before the 2016 election for which they’ve never really had a rational excuse. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, simply denied that it was part of any “hush money” sent to Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford) concerning an affair she had with Trump in 2006. An affair she spoke candidly about in an interview she did a few years ago with InTouch that hadn’t been made public until after this story broke.
Though things became interesting when people began pointing out that the money Trump’s lawyer paid to Clifford could have been illegal as it was on behalf of his campaign for Clifford’s silence just before the election.
Apparently realizing that there’s a very good legal case that can be made against Trump for this payoff, it seems the new “strategy” by these clowns is to have Cohen claim that he personally paid this money out of his own pocket — and wasn’t reimbursed in any capacity.
No, I’m not kidding, that’s exactly what he said on Tuesday.
From The New York Times:
In the most detailed explanation of the 2016 payment made to the actress, Stephanie Clifford, Mr. Cohen, who worked as a counsel to the Trump Organization for more than a decade, said he was not reimbursed for the payment.
“Neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Ms. Clifford, and neither reimbursed me for the payment, either directly or indirectly,” Mr. Cohen said in a statement to The New York Times. “The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone.”
He declined to answer several follow-up questions, including whether Mr. Trump had been aware that Mr. Cohen made the payment, why he made the payment or whether he had made similar payments to other people over the years.
So the story Trump’s team is now going with is that Cohen made this $130,000 payment on his own and was in no way paid back by this “president.”
In other words, this is Cohen all but admitting that Trump had an affair with an adult film star and they paid for her silence prior to the 2016 election.
Anyone who believes Cohen paid this money personally without any sort of repayment is an idiot. If you don’t want to care that Trump paid an ex-adult film star for her silence about an affair they had on his current wife, then so be it. But don’t insult my intelligence by trying to convince me that Cohen’s story is true.
Sadly, none of this will matter. As I said at the beginning of this article, Trump having an affair on his postpartum wife doesn’t even rank very high among the horrible things he’s said and done that the GOP and the majority of conservative voters have made excuses for since he ascended to the top of the party.
Without a doubt, the Republican Party and the people who support it are some of the biggest frauds and hypocrites walking this planet today.