American journalists have allowed Trump to get away with absolutely nothing. As he has worked to demonize and even silence them, promising to pull licenses of outlets who refuse to toe his line and praise him in Fox & Friends fashion, media outlets have only galvanized to expose his weakness and corruption.
Next week’s cover of The New Yorker was previewed early on Twitter, and it’s sure to have President Trump absolutely furious.
Considering recent revelations about Trump’s alleged illicit affair with an adult film star while his wife, Melania, was recovering from the birth of the couple’s son, Barron, the cover is both relevant and shocking.
— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) March 16, 2018
Many Trump supporters have indicated that they simply do not care whether or not Trump had an affair – those same supporters spent the 2016 presidential election criticizing Bill Clinton for his sexual misconducts and Hillary Clinton’s very personal decision to continue her decades-long marriage – and some of those supporters would be quite hypocritical unless they speak out about Trump’s proclivities. Stephanie Clifford’s (aka Stormy Daniels) allegations of the president’s request to be spanked with a magazine featuring himself and his adult children on the cover are particularly salacious and would raise the outrage flag among evangelicals under a Democratic President Clinton or Obama.
Evangelicals have been morally corrupt for decades. Trump just exposed them for who they really are. No wonder people are staying away from organized religion these days! pic.twitter.com/21G6uxTdcJ
— bennydiego✯ (@bennydiego) March 10, 2018
Tony Perkins, an evangelical Christian and president of the well-known evangelical activist group, the Family Research Council, even appeared on POLITICO’s podcast, OffMessage, to say in an interview that he and his fellow moral vanguards of the American Christian movement are willing to give Trump “a mulligan” in relationship to his affair. Anyone thinking that this “mulligan” seems incredibly hypocritical coming from the right considering the Congressional investigation and appointment of Special Counsel Ken Starr when Clinton’s extramarital affair was exposed, debated, and investigated would be correct in questioning the right’s tolerance of such actions now.
You get a mulligan. You get a do-over here,’” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbying group.
Rev. Franklin Graham, said he believes that the president is likely different from https://t.co/jKArnyhjTn Values. #STORMYDANIELS #Trump pic.twitter.com/iBe4UmPx1g
— Stormin for Justice (@StorminSpartin) March 9, 2018
However, as more women are reported to be coming forward, one has to wonder where evangelicals and other Trump supporters will draw the line. It seems they will defend him even in light of payments to former mistresses to keep them silent and alleged threats of physical harm should they speak out, acts for which he’ll need legal defense in addition to the public defense by hypocritical evangelical leaders like Perkins.
In a hilarious play on words, the cover’s illustrator, Barry Blitt, said that exposing the president for his affairs was the purpose behind his cover.
‘I wanted to address President Trump’s stormy relationship with the press.’
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