Trump & the Porn Star should Not be a Bigger Deal than Clinton & the Intern

Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The Trump porn star story is from years ago while the media covered for a Clinton affair in the White House.

I’ve recently been disappointed in the President, but because he signed the Omnibus spending bill, not because of the Trump porn star.

I admit I was holding out hope that an older and perhaps wiser Donald Trump had perhaps treated his marriage differently than his previous marriages, but this was from the same era as the notorious audio recording of “locker room talk,” so I knew it was a long shot.

But who was the sexually moral man who had a chance of beating Hillary Clinton?

That option didn’t exist.

The #NeverTrumpers attempting to drum up outrage over Stormy Daniels sound like they wish Hillary Clinton had become President.

In the meantime, the media is treating a story of a President and a porn star from years earlier as more important than the President and an intern in the White House two decades earlier.

Back in 1998, the New York Times ran an editorial that articulated the Liberal line at the time: “The Adultery Wars.

Adultery is a private choice. The important rejection of it comes from love, not intimidation. The reason not to commit it is that it is likely to devastate someone you love if he or she learns about it. And the only way that person won’t learn about it is if you tell a lot of lies. Telling a lot of lies eventually harms your ability to maintain a trusting relationship; secretiveness undermines intimacy. And tending a committed, intimate relationship is a deeply meaningful part of life, though we all know it has its share of bad days.

While biographers have described people who are exceptions […] the reason not to choose adultery is that the pleasure it offers is taken in trade for harming more enduring love and more important loved ones.

But publicly humiliating anyone for consensual adultery is draconian, and wrong. It teaches children cynicism. What they see is how little respect there is for privacy, and how gratuitously and harshly adults will harm one another to gain a little power. And using adultery or any aspect of consensual adult sexuality as a weapon in political battles is more abhorrent than the act itself.

Now the line has shifted because they oppose, rather than support, the president. I don’t agree with the editorial but it is a reminder not to be manipulated by moral outrage.

Read the full editorial.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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