Once upon a time, Donald Trump used to look like a real all-American guy. The apple pie grin, the big house on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, yucking it up with Robin Leach- It fit America’s image of itself, an image that the Republicans went to great length crafting and selling in the 80’s.
This is the reason Trump has ended up inheriting the mantle of Ronald Reagan. He looked the part.
Unfortunately for everyone, appearances can be deceiving, and often are.
In a stunning interview on 60 Minutes Saturday night, actress Stormy Daniels told a very ugly story.
Daniels, the adult film actress who alleges that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, went public with the full story of intimidation, bullying, and misogyny that she was put through by the slob who is now our President.
He went so far as to send thugs around to the gym she worked out at in 2011.
“A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’ ” Daniels told journalist Anderson Cooper. “And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.’ And then he was gone.”
She ended up accepting money through a Trump attorney to remain silent because she was scared for her family. Absurdly, that attorney, Michael Cohen, recently has been claiming that the money belonged to him.
Good old human generosity.
The hush agreement allowed her to protect her career and her family, she said, according to a transcript of the show. What a bullying thug.
At the end of the day, we cannot allow the triumph of the way of thugs and threats. Trump is nothing but a wannabe Mafiosi. He’s always going around boasting and making cheap threats, but ultimately all he can really do is revile his enemies on Twitter. He would do much worse if he were able- that is proved clearly by his Putin fascination- but as things stand today he is only a would-be dictator.
The “60 Minutes” broadcast comes just 72 hours after another woman came forward about her own alleged affair with Trump before he was elected president.
Former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal has sued to break free of a confidentiality agreement that was struck in the months before the 2016 election.
She signed her contract with the parent company of the National Enquirer, which one of Trump’s cronies happens to own. They bought the story to bury it.
Both women say their relationships with Trump began in 2006 and ended in 2007 and that they were paid for their silence in the months before the 2016 presidential election.
Representatives of Trump have dismissed the allegations of McDougal and Daniels, saying that the affairs never happened and that Trump had no knowledge of any payments.
These events, combined with a judge’s decision this week to let a defamation lawsuit filed by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, who alleges Trump groped her, move forward, have intensified the spotlight on the president’s history with women.
Perhaps above all else, Trump’s history with women gives us the best look at the manner of man holding our highest office.
He didn’t look at Stormy Daniels as being a person, with feelings and a consciousness. That is how he’s always treated women, and in fact, how he’s always treated everyone who isn’t Donald Trump.
He boasted to her of not sharing a room with Melania, to whom he had been married for only two years and to whom he had an infant child with, as if that makes it any better.
Donald Trump is a man who doesn’t even consider matters of conscience or morality. The word for that is nihilism. It’s Russian.
Millennial Democrats would like to express our best wishes and solidarity with Ms. Daniels. Thank you for your courage in showing us the way.
Going forward, we can continue to repeat the message until it finally begins to sink in. Our president is a criminal, and the country has to rid itself of him to be set right.