Donald Trump is getting beaten at his own game.
He is under attack by women who allege they had sexual relationships with him right around the time his wife gave birth to their son.
That’s one nasty man thing to do. Another nasty man trait is to deny it.
Of all the slights and insults the President has uttered in interviews and, primarily, in tweets, so far there has been not one tweet about Stormy Daniels’ accusations. Or any of the women who’ve made allegations.
The closest was this morning when he tweeted: “So much Fake News. Never been more voluminous or more inaccurate. But through it all, our country is doing great!”
So much Fake News. Never been more voluminous or more inaccurate. But through it all, our country is doing great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2018
We all know what he means.
But seriously, no tweets about Stormy or Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model, who also claims an affair with Trump? On an issue that not only is damaging to his reputation and credibility but must be driving a big wedge, at minimum, between Trump and his wife?
Buried in her interview with Anderson Cooper on Sunday night Stormy said that the alleged sex she had with Trump occurred only once. Hardly an affair other than she says he made many phone calls to her and she met him in person one other time with no sex involved.
Also, she said Trump was not attractive to her and the sex was pretty standard.
A far cry from when he boasted about the headlines Marla Maples created in the tabloids when she said of Trump: “Best sex I ever had.”
Put aside everything else. These tidbits must drive Trump mad. His Big Button is being challenged. And even Trump supporters must admit, he doesn’t like when that happens.
But still, no tweets.
His public relations approach is one standard in the PR handbook: Don’t draw more attention to the allegations and lay low if there is truth to try to protect any legal position you may need to take. In short, don’t say anything.
He had dinner with his “fixer,” Michael Cohen, the night before the Stormy interview ran on “60 Minutes.” Cohen is the lawyer who paid Stormy $130,000, he claims out of his own pocket because that’s the kind of friend he is. (I don’t think I’ve made any such friends in my life!)
This is what puts him and Trump’s campaign in legal jeopardy because it could be considered an illegal campaign donation.
If he did have, as I believe, affairs that he has been denying for years, no law was broken. Moral conduct yes, marital vows, yes. Laws no. But the potential illegal donation is criminal.
Stormy was quite credible in her interview. Her lawyer must be holding back more evidence she has of the relationship with the President, but who knows?
This President, who made a career literally out of successfully working the New York tabloids for years, has now made the media all “tabloid.” He’s making it impossible to explain to your kids what he’s doing. And he’s losing the PR war.
This all on the same weekend that the “kids” led a national charge to modify the nation’s gun laws. Speaking of those, the National Rifle Association, is using tactics against those protesting kids that they use against everyone – personal attacks, demean and claim the liberal wing has them under their control to do their bidding and cries of “they want to take away your Second Amendment rights.”
This because the kids want to go to school and not worry about being victims of a mass shooter.
Methinks the President and the NRA are on the wrong PR sides of these issues and the wrong side of the truth too.🔷
(This piece was first published on The Screaming Moderate.)