Donald Trump and that ‘Love Child’? Among the other scandalous charges that came from the recent indictment of the forty-fifth president, Donald J. Trump, was the claim that the former president was the father to a secret love child. Though unsubstantiated, the source of the charge was apparently a doorman at Trump Tower in New York City who claims that Trump had his pals at the American Media, Inc. (AMI)-owned property of National Enquirer pay $30,000 to the mother of the supposed love child to stay quiet in 2015.
The purported mother of Trump’s love child, who worked as Donald Trump’s housekeeper, has denied these claims. Yet, the salacious detail was still folded into the 34 felony charges lobbed against the former president by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. The doorman in question has indicated a willingness to go public with the extensive details on the affair, as he claims that the non-disclosure agreement he signed with AMI has been voided by AMI.
The doorman’s story was part of a larger movement by AMI to do what has become known as “catch-and-kill” stories. Under the guise of seeking scoops on the next big newsworthy stories, the National Enquirer would track down individuals with knowledge or direct experience with possible Donald Trump scandals.
Representatives from the company would then get the individuals in question to sign exclusivity agreements with the tabloid, collect all relevant information about the scandal, and then sit on the story to ensure it couldn’t rock the 2016 Presidential Campaign and threaten Donald Trump’s unconventional presidential bid in that year.
It is important to note that the revelation of these claims was unnecessary to Alvin Bragg’s larger case against Donald Trump. The Manhattan DA’s case revolves around the accusation that the Trump Organization lied on its tax forms in 2016 about alleged attorney’s fees to then-Trump lawyer, Michael Cohen.
According to Bragg’s office, the $130,000 that the Trump Organization told the IRS was for legal fees was hush money paid out to the pornographic film star, Stormy Daniels, who is rumored to have had a one-night stand in Lake Tahoe with Trump fifteen years ago. Trump paid Daniels the money to keep her accusations quiet as he campaigned for president.
A similar amount of money was paid to former Playboy playmate, Karen McDougal (her story was not included in the 34 felony charges but was included in the DA’s statement of facts about the case to the public).
While it is not a crime to pay off one’s mistresses (indeed, in some countries, this sort of behavior is widely encouraged), it is illegal to lie on one’s tax forms about why and where that money was being spent.
What Does the Love Child Have to Do with Stormy Daniels?
But the inclusion of the love child element was egregious (even for this case, which many legal experts believe to be a completely over-the-top case that will likely backfire on the critics of President Trump). Not only does the woman at the heart of the scandal deny the claims but most media sources, such as The Telegraph, have expressed skepticism about the voracity of the story. So, why would Alvin Bragg have even bothered including such salacious details in his case?
To gin up the charges, certainly. Bragg probably wanted to generate the kind of media buzz his charges against Trump are creating presently.
In fact, the doorman in question told the Daily Mail that he was “in complete shock” to have been included in Bragg’s official charges against Trump and had not been given “any forewarning” that he’d be included in the charges.
This is how you know the case against Trump in Manhattan is paper-thin. The voluminous charges arrayed against Trump are gratuitous—especially the fact that these are really misdemeanor charges that have been contorted by an overzealous, politically motivated district attorney, into felonies. What’s more, the love child story was unnecessary to the case.
Donald Trump and Weaponizing America’s Justice System
Whatever one’s opinion of the forty-fifth president and his chances of winning another go at the Oval Office (or even whether he should) in 2024 doesn’t really matter at this point. What is important to this discussion is the fact that the entire Justice System is being weaponized by Democratic Party officials to stop the former president from effectively running for office again.
Since the Left obviously fears it cannot stop Trump in the arena of ideas, they are using all other measures at their disposal—regardless of the long-term consequences to system, which was once the envy of the world—to prevent Trump from running.
Far from stopping Donald Trump, these moves are likely to force him into a use-it-lose-it position. His dirties secrets have been aired. Trump faces jail time if he loses this (or any of the three other cases he’s facing in Washington, D.C. and Georgia). So, Trump’s only hope is to get back to the White House and pardon himself for his alleged crimes – at least at the federal level.
It is likely that Trump would have struggled in the Republican Primary against Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis in a fair fight. Now that the abuse of the Justice System has occurred, however, Trump will likely be nominated.
But, as the trial goes on, unless enough American voters believe Trump is really the aggrieved party being bullied by a corrupt President Joe Biden (in this case, he is, it’s just a question if enough Americans can overlook his negatives and fixate on that fact when it comes time to vote), then Trump will lose reelection to the Democrats in 2024. His unfavorables are still simply far too high.
If You’re Not Concerned, You Don’t Get It
We Americans should be very concerned, though, because this is the third time the Democratic Party has weaponized a core chunk of what is supposed to be America’s impartial, if not bipartisan, bureaucracy. In 2016, the Obama Administration weaponized elements of the national security state to gin up false charges that Trump was a Russian spy to kneecap his presidency.
Then the COVID-19 virus hit. That made what would have looked like a likely landslide win in 2020 disappear.
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Today, as Trump gears up to challenge the system again, the Justice Department moves in with extreme bias to rollback whatever electoral gains Trump may enjoy in 2024. The inclusion of the unconfirmed and unlikely Trump lovechild claims in the Manhattan DA’s case is just another tragic example of how badly the system has been weaponized by Democratic Party partisans in service to their larger goal of preventing a Republican from regaining power.
The question we should all be asking is: will this work as the Democrats believe it will? Time will only tell. And what will the Democrats do against another Republican candidate they deem to be irredeemable? Certainly, the temptation to use these newfound totalitarian tactics will be too great to ignore—especially if the Left gets away with it in 2024 (which they seem to be doing).
A 19FortyFive Senior Editor, Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and geopolitical analyst who is a contributor at The Washington Times, as well as at American Greatness and the Asia Times. He is the author of Winning Space: How America Remains a Superpower (Republic Book Publishers), Biohacked: China’s Race to Control Life (May 16), and The Shadow War: Iran’s Quest for Supremacy (July 23). Weichert can be followed via Twitter @WeTheBrandon.