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Sat Jan 13, 2018, 10:36 PM

Paying a Pornstar Hush Money Would Have Ended Any Other Presidency

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Paying a Pornstar Hush Money Would Have Ended Any Other Presidency
By Luke Darby
9 hours ago
But for Trump, it's just a Friday.


On Friday, Wall Street Journal dropped a report that shortly before the 2016 election, Donald Trump's long-time lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid off an adult film star who was planning to speak to go public with claims that she and Trump had an affair years ago. Per the Journal:

A lawyer for President Donald Trump arranged a $130,000 payment to a former adult-film star a month before the 2016 election as part of an agreement that precluded her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter.

Michael Cohen, who spent nearly a decade as a top attorney at the Trump Organization, arranged payment to the woman, Stephanie Clifford, in October 2016 after her lawyer negotiated the nondisclosure agreement with Mr. Cohen, these people said.

Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, has privately alleged the encounter with Mr. Trump took place after they met at a July 2006 celebrity golf tournament on the shore of Lake Tahoe, these people said. Mr. Trump married Melania Trump in 2005.


Other news organizations have followed up with stories that seem to corroborate the Journal's reporting, but, honestly, Trump could probably skate by this without bothering to deny any of it. There's been no shortage of botched crises or outright scandals already during his short tenure as president. He's said that he doesn't want non-white immigrants coming to the U.S., insulted a major ally over the physical location of an embassy, and decreed that oil companies can drill off the coast of every stateóexcept, of course, swing states.

And those are just this week. But one of Trump's greatest assets is this unending siege of bad ideas, bad policy, and bad news. It's such a wall of noise around him that no one racist gaffe or nakedly greedy decision sticks to him for very long. It keeps his critics from being able to focus on one thread for longer than a news cycle and frees his supporters to brush off any criticism: The left is always calling Trump racist or corrupt or inept, they need to get a new line.

That's not to claim that he's masterminding an endless stream of scandals to keep himself safe. He's just so well-suited to the modern political environment that he could just stumble through this and be totally fineóbecause he's been stumbling blindly this whole time and remained totally fine.

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Reply Paying a Pornstar Hush Money Would Have Ended Any Other Presidency (Original post)
babylonsister Jan 2018 OP
brush Jan 2018 #1
SweetieD Jan 2018 #2
IluvPitties Jan 2018 #3
Willie Pep Jan 2018 #7
Cosmocat Jan 2018 #13
RhodeIslandOne Jan 2018 #4
lindysalsagal Jan 2018 #5
dawg Jan 2018 #6
Cosmocat Jan 2018 #14
MariaCSR Jan 2018 #15
Cha Jan 2018 #8
dalton99a Jan 2018 #9
spanone Jan 2018 #10
Calista241 Jan 2018 #11
L. Coyote Jan 2018 #12

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 10:43 PM

1. The complicit repugs are in charge of every branch of government, including the House which has to..

initiate impeachment proceedings.

These gutless, craven cowards don't care about the country, just getting their agenda done, which trump will sign where instructed.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 10:45 PM

2. Yeah. If Obama had even been pictured being friendly with a porn star it would be front

page news for weeks, let alone if there was a story that he paid one off and had an affair while Michelle was pregnant. With this story no one seems to care because it is Trump.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 10:46 PM

3. Republicans love Trump's alpha male persona.

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Response to IluvPitties (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:14 AM

7. Yes exactly.

I think many Trump supporters, particularly the male ones, want to be like him. He is their idea of what they would do if they were really rich. "Man, if I were rich I would have everything covered in gold, get a hot Eastern European wife old enough to be my daughter and bang porn stars on the side."

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Response to Willie Pep (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 10:16 AM

13. I don't disagree, but it isn't just males

I know A LOT of women who still fully the POS.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 11:08 PM

4. Yup

Hell, being seen with one.....

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sat Jan 13, 2018, 11:12 PM

5. Who would have thought that the antedote for any political crime would be russian mobster $$?

As long as you feed it to the ruling party leaders.....

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 01:03 AM

6. No it wouldn't have.

It would have ended any Democratic Presidency.

It would not have ended *any* Republican Presidency.

Republicans don't care. They support their own, even to the point of treason.

That's why Reagan was "teflon". That's why Dipshit Donnie is "teflon". That's why W was allowed to get away with misleading the country into war.

There's nothing special about these men that makes them "teflon".

Just the (R) beside their names.

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Response to dawg (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 10:17 AM

14. THIS

nm

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Response to dawg (Reply #6)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 11:29 AM

15. EXACTLY.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 05:21 AM

8. 'Cause of the traitorous monsters

ruling Congress.. this is all on them.

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Response to Cha (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 07:54 AM

9. Bingo

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 10:01 AM

10. it's hardly a blip on the trump scale

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 10:10 AM

11. Eh, maybe and maybe not.

JFK had a steady stream of girlfriends moving in and out of the White House. Itís only recently that our candidates have had to be this virtuous character.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Sun Jan 14, 2018, 10:12 AM

12. And, any other civilized country would not tolerate Trump's blatant racism.

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