Another Day, Another Marital Affair Allegation Against Trump

The New Yorker reports on an affair Donald Trump had with a Playboy Model while he was married to Melania, just months after Barron was born.

This story, which had been purchased from McDougal before the election but never publicly released, is considered significant by the New Yorker in part because it shows how Trump had a pattern and method of concealing his actions and finances.

I thought it was interesting because it describes how she attended events that Trump attended with his family and met his children.

On the other hand, it's written by Ronan Farrow, who seems to me to be a personal crusade, first with his father Woody Allen, then with Harvey Weinstein, and now with Trump. I wish the article had been written by someone more neutral on the case.

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    And in other news, ... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 03:24:27 PM EST
    ... the sun rose in the east this morning, and is expected to set in the west later this evening.

    Sorry, Jeralyn, but I think that such stories about Trump's serial womanizing are no longer big news, if only because whatever shock value they might otherwise have once had has long since worn off on us.

    Such salacious tales will likely be worthy of further mention only if they prompt Melania to sing "I just adore a penthouse view! Darling, I love you, but give me Park Avenue!" and finally bail out on her cad of a husband, leaving the White House with son Barron to relocate back to New York.

    How about a post on the Special Counsel's indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian entities for interference in the 2016 presidential election? It's all over CNN and MSNBC today, albeit not Fox News, which has instead devoted the balance of its time to the FBI's failure to follow up on the tip about the alleged Parkland, FL high school shooter's violent predilections.

    I agree with you about Ronan Farrow, whose self-righteous demeanor has long annoyed me.

    Aloha. Have a wonderful weekend.

    I don't think this is about shock, as much (none / 0) (#3)
    by Anne on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 04:05:46 PM EST
    as it is about a pattern, and ultimately, about more credibility in the claims of the many women who were the object of unwanted sexual/physical attention from Trump.

    Melania's not going anywhere until she wrings every last penny she's entitled to out of the inevitable pre-nup. And even if she meets the requirements, this is Donald Trump we're talking about, the man who doesn't pay his bills.  


    Melania (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 04:24:25 PM EST
    Did not do "the walk" with Donald.  No first valentines and reportedly other "signs" Melania may be less than happy with Stormy et al in the news recently.

    How karmic would it be if as Mueller closes in she hits him with a divorce.


    I had read (none / 0) (#13)
    by smott on Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 02:56:05 PM EST
    That she was preparing to divorce him in 2016, and that was in part why she was so devastated when he won, as she then had to stay w him and act out the First Lady schtick.

    Melanie does not have to stay (none / 0) (#14)
    by caseyOR on Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 04:50:49 PM EST
    win Trump. There is no law that forbids a president's spouse from filing for divorce. Melanie is choosing to stay married to him.

    She must have her reasons.


    Maybe, for all his faults (none / 0) (#15)
    by jondee on Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 04:56:06 PM EST
    she loves the big lug.

    Hah! Glad I wasn't drinking ... (none / 0) (#16)
    by Yman on Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 05:25:10 PM EST
    ... when I read that.  Would've needed a new keyboard.

    I am curious about what her prenup says ...


    You know I was kidding, right? (none / 0) (#17)
    by jondee on Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 07:24:39 PM EST
    Of course she can go at any time, (none / 0) (#18)
    by Anne on Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 10:49:16 PM EST
    but she's not going unless and until her financial future is secured.  She may be waiting out the terms of a prenup, or hoping she'll do better if the presidency swells the Trump coffers.  Maybe all the evidence of Trump's infidelities are working to her financial advantage.

    I don't know.

    What I do know is that Trump doesn't like paying his obligations - so when and if she walks, she'd better have her own money somewhere, because he will fight her till the cows come home on any kind of prenup.

    If she was any kind of decent human being, she'd go and take her son with her before he turns out to be the same kind of little a-hole his father and two half-brothers are.

    But she may not be a decent human being, and it may be too late for Barron.


    Melania's certainly made her choices, and ... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 05:02:54 PM EST
    ... she has to live with the consequences, one of which is a child, the Trumps' 12-year-old son Barron. If there's one Trump for whom I have genuine sympathy, it's that young boy.

    You and I have raised kids, Anne, and we know that pre-adolescent children are credulous and absorbing creatures with fragile egos, whose antennae are highly attuned to notice adult hypocrisy. I can only imagine the impact this increasingly garish and now-very public spectacle involving his father is having on his young psyche.



    I find the Playmate story hard to believe. (5.00 / 1) (#2)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 03:51:44 PM EST
    I read she stated she was "turned on by his intellect." Game over. Fake story.

    The story seems quite (none / 0) (#5)
    by KeysDan on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 05:00:05 PM EST
    plausible to me.  Ronan Farrow did a good job on Weinstein---his passions was necessary to prevail against the winds of power.  Yes, being turned on by Trump's intellect (or anything for that matter) is impossible to fathom,(smacking of fake news, I agree) but then the evaluation of intellect is not only subjective, but also, relative.

      After all, Karen McDougal claims she slept with him because she liked him, not for money..she was not that girl!   It was not, apparently, a one-nighter, but an affair..Trump introduced her to his family (Eric thought she was pretty, so there is that), and Trump even took her to his golden apartment in TrumpTower and showed the playboy model Melania's bedroom.

    You never know what will impact and move a deplorable, surely not anything substantive, other than changing his racial tone for the better.  Otherwise, serial porn/playboy model news is still in the running.


    I guess you didn't (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Chuck0 on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 05:03:27 PM EST
    see the tongue in my cheek.

    slow (none / 0) (#11)
    by KeysDan on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 07:00:04 PM EST
    On the draw. Got it a little too late.

    Melania, we've got a hat for you girl (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by Militarytracy on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 05:06:09 PM EST
    You don't have to live this way

    This (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by FlJoe on Sat Feb 17, 2018 at 07:55:11 AM EST
    is actually old news, the WSJ reported on it two days before the election.
    The company that owns the National Enquirer, a backer of Donald Trump, agreed to pay $150,000 to a former Playboy centerfold model for her story of an affair a decade ago with the Republican presidential nominee, but then didn't publish it, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the matter.

    As referenced by Jeffery Toobin almost a year ago, also in The New Yorker.
    Nevertheless, last year the Wall Street Journal reported that Pecker paid a hundred and fifty thousand dollars to a woman named Karen McDougal, who had alleged that she had a months-long romantic relationship with Trump, beginning in 2006, during his marriage to Melania.
     Farrow just fleshes out out story (pun intended), while the bare bones of the story have been known for over a year.

    When this story broke yesterday I was absolutely sure I had heard it before, but as far as I've seen most of the media has treated it as a new revelation.

    I continue to be gobsmacked by the collective amnesia and intellectual laziness of the media.

    3low (none / 0) (#9)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 06:55:57 PM EST

    Cryptic accident (none / 0) (#10)
    by CaptHowdy on Fri Feb 16, 2018 at 06:56:41 PM EST
    Scuse me