WHILE IMPORTANT ISSUES ARE HAPPENING, MEDIA FOCUSES ON MICHAEL COHEN TAPES AS REGULAR PEOPLE RIGHTFULLY SHRUG
So word has leaked out that President Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, secretly taped the two of them discussing a payoff to a former playboy playmate the president slept with in the past before he became president.
I hate to sound like a jerk, but why exactly am I supposed to care about this story?
All due respect, but while this story is certainly entertaining, I fail to see what the big deal is.
Is it that the president had an affair? I definitely think it is wrong to cheat on your wife, but I remember a time not so long ago when we were told repeatedly that what a president does in his personal life does not matter.
I guess the rules are different if you are a politician with a “D” next to your name.
Are we seeing an uproar because there was a non-disclosure agreement and “hush” money involved? I hate to burst bubbles here, but that is not all that uncommon with rich and powerful people.
There are supposedly more tapes, but as it pertains to reports about what has been turned up so far, there does not appear to be any FEC violations.
But even if there was an FEC violation, again, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it would be a minor issue at best.
Go look at what happened with former democrat nominee for VP John Edwards and the $2.1 million he was ordered to pay back for a FEC violation a few years ago.
In that case, a fine was levied, and that was it. Which is what should — and likely would — happen if there was one in this case.
And of course, the usual suspects are screaming that the president should be impeached over this.
Not to be too repetitive here, but even if the FEC found any wrongdoing, we are looking at fines being the punishment, not anything serious.
And as far as the rage over the issue of the president having affairs with playboy playmates and paying them off, like it or not, people knew this part of Donald Trump’s character.
He was a public figure for decades and one of the most famous people in the world.
Part of his persona was to openly brag about the “hot” women he had sex with.
He was also a real-estate developer known for making complex deals.
So precisely why would anybody be surprised by this or care about it at all?
I understand if you do not like the president and simply want to get upset over everything he does. Fine. Not exactly a healthy way to live your life, but that is up to you.
But for the rest of America, an election was held and a choice was made.
As the late author Hunter S. Thompson might have said, “buy the ticket, take the ride.”
Donald Trump, a billionaire real-estate mogul from NY who has made no bones about who he is both before, and after he won the presidency.
No matter how many women come out alleging past affairs with him or whatever happens with his lawyer and a potential campaign violation, the victory he achieved last November still stands and he is not going anywhere.
And as much as I hate the phrase “already baked into the cake,” it really does apply here.
Go poll Trump supporters and people who hate the man.
You are going to find that those who hated him already still do and those who support him still do.
Very few people care about this because they already knew this is the type of behavior President Trump exhibits and they made their peace with it.
And they likewise do not care about this, even if there ends up being a relatively minor FEC violation involved.
Be upset about that all you want, but it is the truth.
The Republicans may or may not lose the House later this year. They may or may not lose the Senate. Donald Trump may or may not be re-elected in 2020.
But I can promise you this: None of those results will have anything at all to do with the Michael Cohen tapes.