Believe it or not, I haven’t talked about the Stormy Daniels issue on this blog yet. I think part of the problem is that when most people talk/write about Stormy Daniels or Trump’s other affairs, they can’t help but fuel a puritanical sensationalism. The reasons for this seem to be steeped in American culture. First, America’s attitudes toward this kind of activity (see? I can’t even bring myself to say the “s” word…), are, well, American’s attitudes. I won’t re-tread old ground.
Secondly, all of this is evocative of the Clinton years. Except Trump is involved in three lawsuits by women who have been in sexual relationships with him. Stormy Daniels, Summer Zervos, and Karen McDougal. That’s multiple lawsuits. Trump’s past history with women won’t fade anytime soon. And their stories will be given ample time to shine due to our infinitely complex legal system and the media.
The fact that Trump has had unprotected s…se…sex with a porn star is probably what will stick in the mind of most Americans. To most evangelicals, and actually, much of the American population, Stormy Daniels is the epicenter of Trump’s sexual impropriety. They have to decide, whether it is through apathy or voter engagement, if Trump’s history with women is important enough to take with them come the midterms and 2020.
It does seem like this issue intersects with the #MeToo movement, and could provide much-needed voter engagement. Will, it though? If we draw a parallel between Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton, it’s important to note that Clinton served two terms and displayed many of the same flamboyant personality traits, and chafed under a similar legal problem, as Trump. While the Nixon analogy was fun for awhile, Trump’s similarity with Clinton are coming to the forefront.
There’s a rallying cry for Trump to be impeached, but both Pence and a neutered Congress make this an unpleasant subject. I’m left with how this will motivate voters and how it will effect the 2018/2020 landscape. One thing that I have noticed is that out of all the problems surrounding the Trump presidency, this has preserved. It has endured far longer than the usual Trump fiascoes, which seems to last about a week or so. Maybe that’s due to these issues not being initiated by Trump. I want to make it clear that by “not being initiated” I mean that Trump hasn’t voluntarily brought these issues to the attention of the media. In fact, he has gone out of his way to suppress them.
On the flip side of the coin (which is a terrifying universe), Trump could emerge relatively unscathed, much like Clinton. He would feel even more emboldened. It’s difficult to say what would happen exactly, but the fact that a trio of lawsuits are affecting Trump personally up the odds of some trouble befalling him.
I know. It’s a crazy world out there.
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