Donald Trump is finally ready to start talking about the mess he’s gotten himself into over his affair with adult film actress and producer Stormy Daniels (Stephanie Clifford), and by talking, we mean lying. Prior to Rudy Guiliani’s public statements contradicting Trump’s denials that he knew nothing about a $130,000 payment to the woman who says she was Trump’s former mistress, Trump wouldn’t speak much about the story. Now, he’s ready to open up…with some pretty bold lies.
Now that Trump’s beleaguered personal attorney, Michael Cohen, faces severe criminal charges of bank fraud, campaign finance fraud, and wire fraud, these stories around the affair are becoming public knowledge. While Trump originally tried to distance himself from the scandal. He said that he knew nothing about the payments made to Clifford and that Cohen was on his own in dealing with the case. Now he’s finally admitting that he did know, but he’s using some far-fetched explanations to cover up his lies.
His comments about how “celebrities and people of wealth” have these non-disclosure agreements all the time is insulting to the people who voted for him, although they’ll never recognize that. It isn’t that Trump is involved in a scandal or that he paid a woman $130,000 not to talk about an affair that never happened, and it isn’t that he’s trying to cover up his own misdeeds in cheating on the wife who was home recovering from the birth of his son, this whole matter has just been misunderstood by poor people who don’t know how the big, bad world of wealth and celebrity works.
If Stephanie Clifford were lying about the affair and had no proof that it ever happened, there would have been no non-disclosure agreement; instead, there would have been threats of a lawsuit and Trump would have denied that an affair ever happened instead of letting the story become this big without a challenge from him. While it is true that Clifford signed a letter saying the affair never happened, that letter falls right in line with the NDA she says she was forced to sign just days after the NDA was finalized and the money was deposited in her bank account.
Now, Trump is scrambling to cover two damaging pieces of the story: the questions around whether or not campaign funds were used to pay Clifford for her silence and his own misstep in admitting that Cohen represented him in “this crazy Stormy Daniels thing,” which he had previously denied. If money from the campaign did, in fact, play a “roll” in the payments to Daniels, he and his attorney committed campaign fraud, which is exactly why Cohen faces charges. If Trump was aware of the payments, which he suddenly seems to have been, then he’s lied repeatedly to the American people. Honestly, though, that’s not a rare occurance and should come as no shock to anyone.
Twitter reacted to Trump’s tweets with the same disbelief everyone with any sense has about his denials. See some of their responses below:
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