As the maelstrom of controversies swirling around the Trump presidency worsens with each passing day, a looming possibility that the president — an avowed misogynist and sexual predator — could be brought down by his ex-mistress, the adult film star Stephanie Clifford, stage name Stormy Daniels, carries with it a delightfully ironic tinge.
Clifford alleges that Trump had an extramarital affair with her while Melania was pregnant with his son Barron and continued for a while even after he was born. Trump’s hilariously bumbling lawyer Michael Cohen offered Clifford $130,000 in hush money in return for a nondisclosure agreement and used his Trump Organization email for the communications.
Now, Clifford is pushing to release all of the sordid details and information about the affair, including photos and videos, possibly of Trump. She even offered to return the hush money. Earlier today, Clifford’s lawyer Michael Avenatti stated that Trump’s attorney missed the deadline to accept her offer to return the $130,000. Avenatti tweeted that the Trump team should “buckle up.”
The President and Mr. Cohen have purposely ignored our settlement offer, thus doubling down on their efforts to muzzle Ms. Clifford and prevent her from telling the American people what happened. Time to buckle up. #basta
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 13, 2018
While the official line from the White House is still total denial, more and more details are falling into place that seems to confirm Clifford’s allegations. Now, CNN has unearthed a radio interview from 2007 in which Clifford alludes to a secret affair with a celebrity figure who, given the context clues, is clearly Donald Trump.
The Florida radio host “Bubba the Love Sponge Clem” recently replayed audio clips from the 2007 show. Clifford can be heard being asked to write down the names of famous men she’d had sexual encounters with.
While the hosts of the show didn’t say the names out loud, they reacted with audible surprise when they read it. Clem says that the name at the top of the list was Donald Trump. Clifford stated that the tryst occurred at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, which is where she first met the reality television star. She added that he would contact her twice a month.
It’s hardly a novel observation at this point, but it bears repeating that if President Obama had been accused of carrying on an extramarital affair with an adult film star while Michelle was pregnant right wingers — especially the Evangelical bloc — would have taken to the streets in indignation.
The fact that they are completely silent on the Stormy Daniels scandal shows the rank hypocrisy that infects the Republican Party from the ground up. Hopefully, Clifford goes ahead with her plan to release all of the evidence, so that Trump and his supporters can be properly shamed for their immorality.
Click here to listen to the radio broadcast.
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