Donald Trump is a demonstrably immoral person according to basic standards agreed upon by the vast majority of people. For instance, Trump was caught on tape some years ago bragging about his supposed freedom to commit sexual assault because of his social standing.
The kind of person who says those kinds of things doesn’t just say them once, if they even stop at just making remarks like that. Concurrent to the president’s incendiary remarks caught on tape, numerous women have come forward to claim that Trump harassed and/or assaulted them at some point during his rise to prominence.
These allegations against the president overshadow the stories of multiple affairs, including one with a porn star that he’s alleged to have paid her over $100,000 to keep quiet about.
Can similar — even if not as egregious — stories be told about other members of the president’s administration, particularly U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley?
Haley asserts that the answer is no.
She was put in a position to answer that question after, without naming her — or anyone else, for that matter, author Michael Wolff suggested during an appearance on Real Time with Bill Maher that his recently released, incendiary book about the Trump administration called Fire and Fury contained evidence that Trump is currently having an affair.
He said that the evidence was in the book, but he didn’t feel confident enough about it to openly draw the conclusion he was asserting should be drawn.
Following Wolff’s appearance on Maher’s program, readers of his zeroed in on a particular part of Fire and Fury that seemed to fit the author’s description of evidence that Trump is having an affair.
The author claimed in his book that the president spent “a notable amount of private time with Haley on Air Force One,” besides him having been “seen to be grooming her for a national political future.”
Haley says that both Wolff’s claim about her having spent a considerable amount of private time with Trump and his implication that she’s having an affair with the president are ridiculous.
Calling the implication Wolff seems dead set on pushing about her relationship with the president “highly offensive” and “disgusting,” Haley told POLITICO:
‘It goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of: At every point in my life, I’ve noticed that if you speak your mind and you’re strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not.’
Haley has faced allegations of extramarital affairs in the past, chalking it up to sexism that is concerning but that she’s not going to let get her down.
As she explained it:
‘I saw this as a legislator. I saw this when I was governor. I see it now. I see them do it to other women. And the thing is, when women work, they prioritize, they focus, and they believe if you’re gonna to something, do it right. Others see that as either too ambitious or stepping out of line. And the truth is, we need to continue to do our job and if that means they consider it stepping out of line, fine… Every time this has happened, it only makes me fight harder. And I do it for the sake of other women that are behind me because they should never think that they have to put their head down and cower out of fear that somebody’s gonna do something to you.’
Listen to Haley discuss all of this below.
Wolff’s book contains a number of bombshells. Besides the implications about Nikki Haley, the book also reported on incendiary comments from Steve Bannon, leading to a rupture in the relationship between him and the White House.
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