“Trump’s love of tabloid gossip complicates his denial of affair allegations with Stormy Daniels.”

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What? That’s a headline at WaPo (for a column by Callum Borchers). Here’s the concept:

The White House has dismissed the alleged encounter between Trump and adult-film actress Stormy Daniels as tabloid trash. But Trump’s denial is complicated by his history of associating with publications such as In Touch and lending credence to their work.

“I’ve always said, ‘Why didn’t the National Enquirer get the Pulitzer Prize for Edwards?’” Trump said on the campaign trail in 2016. He was referring to the Enquirer’s revelation that John Edwards, the former senator from North Carolina and 2008 presidential candidate, had an affair and fathered a child with a campaign aide.

I’ll leave it to you to make the In Touch/National Enquirer distinction if you want. I think it’s funny to remind us of the monumental Edwards screwup (when a man who was collecting contributions and running in part on empathy for his dying-of-cancer wife was having an affair during his presidential campaign). And I thought we’d all already absorbed the assumption that private citizen Donald Trump had sex with a porn star 12 years ago. But here’s WaPo, ever chiseling away at Trump’s inexplicable popularity, bonking us over the head with his vouching for the National Enquirer that one time. Sad!

Here’s a song to cheer you up:

You were the sunshine, baby, whenever you smiled/but I call you stormy today…. Oh, stormy, oh, stormy, bring back that sunny day….

But here’s the headline I was looking for when I got waylaid into WaPo: “Stormy Daniels launches ‘Make America Horny Again Tour.'” Meade read that out loud to me and my reaction was: Great! I won’t detail why just now, because it’s time for my coffee break.

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Author: noreply@blogger.com (Ann Althouse)

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