According to a bombshell report published by the Wall Street Journal’s Michael Rothfeld and Joe Palazzolo, Trump reportedly engaged in an affair with pornstar Stephanie Clifford in 2006.
If you don’t know Stephanie Clifford, you might recognize her by her stage name “Stormy Daniels,” and her work on such titillating titles as Sex Door Neighbors and Lust on the Prairie.
According to Rothfeld and Palozzolo, Trump arranged for his lawyer, Michael Cohen, to pay the pornstar the very exorbitant sum of $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement one month before the 2016 presidential election so she wouldn’t go on national television and spill the beans, as it were.
Cohen has denied the allegations, stating “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Daniels” [sic].
As Vox notes, he did not, however, deny arranging the payment.
Vox also notes that while “Cohen also sent the Journal a statement signed by ‘Stormy Daniels’ denying an affair with Trump, and claiming that “rumors” that she received “hush money” from Trump ‘are completely false… the Journal reporters appear to have obtained specifics about the payment.”
Cohen also passed along an image of this letter to me, signed from “Stormy Daniels” and dated Jan 10, 2018, denying rumors of hush money from Trump and calling them “completely false.” https://t.co/J0taBJZLP5 pic.twitter.com/MX4qgVhyN2
— Ali Vitali (@alivitali) January 12, 2018
Here’s the thing, Trump has a long history of infidelity and general unsavory behavior. This is just one other unpleasant thing in a long unpleasantness that alludes to the general mire of unpleasantness that is Trump.