Of Course Trump Will Weather Stormy Daniels


There is of course vast fun to be had in considering this story of Donald Trump and his varied swordsman activities. Who doesn’t like to gossip, after all? But as a political manoeuvre of any type it’s going to be pretty useless. Consenting adults having sex isn’t illegal, a married man cheating isn’t either. And the thought that a porn star might have sex with a guy isn’t really all that far beyond an event we can imagine, is it?

Thus we’ve something much more interesting, something in Salon that might in fact be true:

Donald Trump’s opponents have long been waiting for some sort of scandal to bring him down, and they may think they have finally found it in pornographic film star Stormy Daniels.

Daniels alleges she had an extramarital affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and was subsequently paid off by a Trump lawyer to stay silent during the presidential election. These types of charges, if proven true, have felled many politicians in the past.

But Trump’s opponents probably shouldn’t get their hopes up.

Quite. The hopes up part that is. For having a contract with someone not to talk about events is legal. Having sex with a consenting adult is legal. And that’s about it really, isn’t it? There are no other allegations here.

Even the more recent revelations don’t in fact reveal anything else:

In a new report for The New Yorker, Ronan Farrow details an alleged affair Donald Trump had with former Playboy Playmate of the Year Karen McDougal, saying, among other things, that McDougal and the future president had sex during a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe in July 2006.

This would be would be the same Lake Tahoe weekend that, according to other reports, Trump also allegedly began his affair with porn star Stormy Daniels, is said to have tried to entice adult-film star Alana Evans into a threesome and allegedly tried to force his attentions on a third porn star, Jessica Drake.

Actually, we might start thinking that Trump really does have enough energy to run the country. Rather brings to mind an old story about Palmerston and Disraeli. Palmerston was pretty old, rather more of a Georgian rake than a good little Victorian, Disraeli was running against him (British politics doesn’t quite work that way given the indirect election of the Prime Minister but think of it that way). A rumour turned up that Palmerston had fathered a child with a servant and Disraeli was asked whether it should be leaked. No came the answer, if they know he’s energetic enough still to be able to do that then he’ll sweep the country.

What we’re left with here is that Good Time Billionaire, fond of the bling to a ridiculous extent, has sex with good looking women he’s not married to.

OK, there might be the occasional church minister or maiden aunt who won’t like this – although given recorded proclivities maybe the Southern Baptist ministry would be right behind him if they were uglier. Everyone else is either going to shrug their shoulders or try to suppress a twinge or two of jealousy.

For this is the way the modern world works now. We’ve gone through an entirely welcome social change. Sex is up to the participants, not the society in general to police. Consenting adults get to do as consenting adults wish to do and that’s the end of that. We can’t now turn around and demand that The Donald has to obey the old rules just because, can we?

It’s not even as if this should come as a surprise. He’s been known for decades for chasing anything in a skirt, hasn’t he?

The real amusement here is watching those like Ronan Farrow chasing this matter so eagerly. Large parts of the press corps are just certain that this will bring him down. But in modern America having sex with good looking women just isn’t something that does bring down a politician. Sending dick pictures to teenagers, yes, chasing the Congressional pages, yes. But consenting adults bumping uglies? It’s news and great gossip but not a career killer anymore. For we have actually had that sexual revolution, haven’t we?