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Karen McDougal Has Been Telling the Truth All Along

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I’ve always thought that this was a rather stunning picture—it’s Trump with his third wife, his daughter, and his mistress, and three other women. Karen McDougal is on the far right of this image and, for some reason, we’re not really talking about how she has been telling the truth all along.

Back in March, and I know that seems like a lifetime ago, she revealed details of her relationship with Trump that should have sent shockwaves through the country. Instead, it was just another news item that went past us in a flash and was gone:

Karen McDougal confirmed to CNN in an interview on Thursday that she had a 10-month sexual relationship with Donald Trump before he was President, saying they were together "many dozens of times." 

"I can tell you we saw each other a minimum five times a month, up to bigger numbers per month," the former Playboy model told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

She said they were together "many dozens of times," and when asked by Cooper if they were intimate, she responded in the affirmative.

McDougal's comments came just days after she filed a lawsuit against American Media Inc., the publisher of The National Enquirer, to seek an end to a contract with the company that she said had sold away her rights to tell her story under false circumstances.

The agreement signed in 2016 and the alleged affair more than a decade prior came to light in a Wall Street Journal report shortly before the election. Representatives for Trump have denied an affair occurred.

Today we learned that AMI did indeed “catch and kill” McDougal’s story. Unlike the whole situation with Stormy Daniels, which was transactional and brief, Trump’s relationship with McDougal was more substantive, as evidenced above.

I still can’t figure this out, though. How can the evangelical right reconcile what is now settled fact, proven in a court of law, backed up with affidavits and testimony, and still think of Trump as a holy or righteous man? The hypocrisy is staggering. In the America that I grew up in, this is not how a Godly man is supposed to act in public. Someone somewhere has done lost their mind.

In 2016, I highly doubt whether the revelation from Daniels would have made a difference in the outcome of the election, which was already being thrown by the involvement of Russia’s efforts to use sophisticated analytics to target American citizens and bombard them with anti-Hillary Clinton propaganda via Facebook that they then believed to be truthful. I think that if McDougal had come forward, she would have had far more credibility given the fact that there is likely more evidence of an affair between the two of them. Somewhere, there are likely documents that prove she was with Trump “many dozens of times.”

Anyone who attacked McDougal’s credibility should apologize, of course. She seems to have been the only person on Earth who wanted to have sex with Trump without demanding money first. Does she need help? Is there anyone who can explain that without being grossed out?

The whole thing still baffles me.

Madam Speaker

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Trump tried to distract people by attacking Nancy Pelosi, and he missed the mark, badly:

In his first two years in office, President Trump operated without a clear check on his power. With his party controlling both houses of Congress, he issued demands from his bedroom in the form of early-morning tweets, and legislative leaders got in line. He rarely was personally confronted about his untruths and misstatements. And he mostly ignored congressional Democrats, choosing to spar instead with journalists.

That all came to a crashing halt Tuesday. In an extraordinarily heated public fight with the nation’s top two Democratic leaders, the combustible president confronted for the first time the enormity of the challenge he will face over the next two years: divided government.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the likely next speaker, and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) called out Trump’s falsehoods. They exposed him as malleable about his promised border wall. They lectured him about the legislative process and reiterated to him that he lacked the votes to secure the $5 billion he seeks for the wall.

This is a momentous day because Nancy Pelosi is, once again, the only woman to hold the position of Speaker of the House. That makes her, by elected position, the most powerful woman in our nation’s history (notwithstanding the esteemed Edith Wilson, who was, in effect, POTUS for well over a year).

It wasn’t just a beat-down delivered by Pelosi and Schumer; it was the execution of a demonstration that Trump is unfit to lead. Really, any Republican who understands governance and leadership should freely admit that Trump tried to stage-manage a confrontation and ended up looking like he should have been placed under the care of a physician so that his mental health could be evaluated.

Trump’s cognitive decline brings into sharp focus the fact that he needs to be looked at. Really, that wasn’t the performance of a toddler today. It was a cry for help from a deranged individual who commands neither facts nor respect.

Never Let Them Forget What They Did to America

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The self-serving aspect of this revelation makes me want to barf:

Republicans on Capitol Hill are also growing anxious.

“And there is some understanding, I think, inside the White House of just how dark it may be getting, especially in terms of conversations — private conversations — that people there are having with Republicans on the Hill who are starting to be concerned,” Stokols reported.

“Republican lawmakers who are — have a huge role to play in this if it goes forward — are starting to tell me privately, some of them, that, you know, if there’s obvious evidence, the bottom is going to fall out,” he explained.

“They’re not going to be able to stand by this White House and that’s a looming problem for the president,” he concluded.

Trump may even face a greater threat from the Southern District of New York investigations.

“It’s much harder to stop what’s happening in that office as opposed to with the special counsel’s investigation,” Stokols noted. “This train has left the station, there’s really nothing that this White House can do about it.”

Republicans are not “all of a sudden” deciding to abandon Trump. They’re waiting for the green light to do so. They have no loyalty to him—they only have their fear of Trump’s rabid-dog base. They are laying the groundwork for the media to give them a pass on the last two years of insanity and lawlessness.

At any time, three or four Republican Senators could have stopped the president’s agenda. They failed, repeatedly, to do what was right. You have McCain and his symbolic no vote to save Obamacare, and you have Lisa Murkowski deciding not to be horrible. The rest have knuckled under to a man who endears no love and who acts transactionally in all matters. Once Trump has nothing they want, the GOP will abandon him, and the media will pretend it is because they love America.

Nothing could be further from the truth.