The Stormy Daniels interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes was much to do about nothing. She said she and Donald Trump had sex together and that she was threatened with physical harm by a man if she didn’t keep quiet about their relationship. She also emphasized she was not a victim.
Stormy’s interview was anything but stormy. It failed to meet the expectations resulting from the pre-show hype put forth by CBS and the nation’s media.
Trump has repeatedly denied having a relationship with Daniels, calling the accusations fake news. The porn actress and her lawyer have not provided any evidence that the two had a sexual relationship. So, this is a classic case of ‘he said, she said.’
President Trump not only has to deal with the media storm over Stormy’s revelations, but he is also faced with claims by former Playboy model Karen McDougal that she had a 10-month affair with Trump. Both alleged affairs took place in 2006 around the time Trump’s wife gave birth to their son Barron.
What will the voters do in 2020 about the allegations made by Daniels and McDougal? They were not persuaded by the allegations of more than a dozen women during the 2016 campaign that they were sexually abused by Trump. Nor were the voters persuaded by the video clip showing Trump saying, “Grab them by the pussy.”
Despite Trump’s denials, Stormy and Karen are probably telling the truth. Since a significant percentage of husbands cheat on their wives, Trump’s flings are not a big deal to men. Women? That could be a different matter. But it should be noted that surveys show quite a number of wives cheat on their husbands too.
Hillary Clinton now says she lost the election because white women were intimidated by their husbands into voting fir Trump. If those women are pissed off in 2020 over Trump cheating on his wife, they might tell their husbands to shove it. In that case, Trump’s reelection bid could be in deep doo-doo.
The 2020 election will most likely be decided by the state of the nation’s economy rather than by Trump’s affairs with a porn actress and a Playboy model. If the middle class is better off, Trump has a good chance of being reelected.
If the middle class is not better off, look for Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren to be our next president. Oops, I forgot Oprah.