Late Friday, two li'l bombshells dropped regarding would-be President Trump and his trophy wife, Melania.
First, and in my mind more troubling, it is alleged that American Media, which owns and publishes National Enquirer, paid Playboy model Karen McDougal $150,000 for the story of her 2006 affair with Donald Trump.
The report, in the Wall Street Journal, alleges that McDougal had a consensual affair with Trump, and was under the impression that NE would publish the story of that affair.
Instead, David Pecker, the CEO of American Media and a longtime buddy of Trump's, never published that story and is now claiming the $150,000 was paid for McDougal's fitness columns and magazine covers as well as any life rights to the story of her affair.
Um, no—nudie models don't get paid that much for fitness columns. Not-so-nice try. And what tabloid publisher drops $150K only to decide not to use a story?
American Media has issued a denial, stating, “AMI has not paid people to kill damaging stories about Mr. Trump.”
Trump's campaign said merely, “We have no knowledge of any of this,” and called McDougal's contention that she was intimate with Trump “totally untrue.”
Oh, sure, there's no fix in at NE, whose readership is like 100% Trump fans. Oh, coincidentally, the cover of NE for this week is anti-Hillary, and its website is filled with the suggestion that Hillary is a satanist, more crap about emails, stories from people who've worked for her and hate her, etc. No negative Trump news.
Separately, the AP has proof that Melania Trump lied in stating she never broke laws and only worked in the U.S. legally. Though she'd never be prosecuted for it, there is documented evidence she earned over $20,000 in the seven weeks prior to becoming legally eligible for such work, which is technically grounds for deportation.
More to the point, it flies in the face of the Trump campaign's war on “illegals.”
He fuckin' married one.