It looks like the President of the United States had sex with a porn star several years ago, shortly after his third wife gave birth to their son, and paid $130,000 to keep the story quiet. Oh, and apparently she said Trump told her after they had sex that she reminded him of Ivanka. A far more detailed account can be found here.
That’s where we are right now. If you’re wondering what the porn star in question, Stephanie “Stormy Daniels” Clifford, thought of the encounter, well:
The sex was “textbook generic,” she said.
Does any of this bother his supporters? Well, between calling it “fake news” or thinking it’s a sign of his virility, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Evangelicals are writing it off because Trump was supposedly a Democrat at the time. Never mind that John Edwards, who also paid off his pregnant mistress to keep quiet, faced multiple charges over the scandal. But that won’t happen to Trump. Right-wing media and the general higher standard Democrats are held to will make sure of that. How do I know that? Because Fox News knew about the affair a month before the election and decided to bury the story:
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Trump attorney Michael Cohen had arranged a $130,000 payment to keep Clifford silent about the alleged relationship in October 2016. Cohen, Clifford, and the White House denied the report.
The allegation of a relationship was no secret to Fox News, though.
One of the network’s reporters, Diana Falzone, had filed a story in October 2016 about an alleged sexual relationship between Clifford and Trump, people familiar with the matter said.
Falzone had an on-the-record statement from Clifford’s manager at the time, Gina Rodriguez, confirming that her client had engaged in a sexual relationship with Trump, three of these people said, and Falzone had even seen emails about a settlement.
But the story never saw the light of the day, to the frustration of Falzone, two of the people said.
“She had the story and Fox killed it,” one of the people familiar with the matter told CNN.
More significant in terms of our culture, though, is that because Trump is a documented abuser, a consensual extra-marital affair isn’t going to bother anyone. If the Hollywood Access recording could be brushed off as something he said 10 years ago, an affair that was supposedly 12 years ago won’t bother the rank and file. Which is sad. Even more, it’s unlikely to stay in the news very long, unless of course there are a lot more salacious details (or other encounters) yet to come out. Because honestly, do you think people who write letters like this to the New York Times give a shit if Trump cheated on his wife with a porn star and then paid her off?