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Subj: Re: Trump and the porn star
Posted: Tue May 08, 2018 at 11:55:03 pm CDT (Viewed 656 times)
Reply Subj: Trump and the porn star
Posted: Fri May 04, 2018 at 08:28:52 am CDT (Viewed 923 times)

    Once upon a time, news that the President of the United States had an affair with a porn star, that he paid her off with $130,000, and lied about it would have been the biggest story of the year. That this is just accepted by Trump’s supporters as another incident to be disregarded in a long line of similarly incredulous incidents just goes to show how low the bar has been set.

I think this "bar" you mention is in your imagination.

Senator Ted Kennedy killed a woman, and was afterward consistently a Democrat hero, winning multiple re-elections.

Bill Clinton violently beat and raped multiple women, and silenced one of them with a pay off for $850,000. Yet he arrived to the Democratic national convention to thunderous applause.

We can go back to the founding of the republic and look at the Maria Reynolds' affair, which did not diminish Alexander Hamilton's image to his supporters.

In each case through the centuries we see the exact same thing. Those in the opposing party claim outrage at either the moral standards, or the lies and lack of trust the country can put in the politician. Meanwhile those in the same party say "it's only sex between adults. It doesn't affect my job, my family, my life directly". That was exactly the case made by Democrats during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, "It's only sex". And at the time Republicans shouted about the importance of character. Now the roles are reversed because a different political party holds the presidency.

Not only is there no bar in existence (neither high, nor low), but such a bar never existed except when the bar could be used as a political weapon.

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