It’s no secret that the Trumps are no fans of the media. Without media coverage of their scandals, the scandals could just fade into oblivion, away from the public view. Thanks to the media’s reporting, however, scandalous stories of one day live to see another day.
This mood on the part of the Trumps affects their interactions with the media on a regular basis, and it colors the president’s entire policy platform, with him having gone so far as to say that much of the mainstream media is the “enemy of the American people.”
The latest context for this mood on the part of the Trumps to be expressed is the race to fill the Pennsylvania Congressional seat vacated by disgraced former U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, who resigned after it came out that the anti-abortion Republican sought to pressure a woman with whom he was having an affair to get an abortion.
That race has pitted Republican Rick Saccone against Democrat Conor Lamb. Donald Trump Jr. is the latest member of the presidential family to visit the area in order to campaign on behalf of Saccone, and his time in the area on Monday was marked by him dismissing reporters after they asked about his father’s relationship with adult film star Stephanie Clifford, otherwise known as Stormy Daniels.
Before ejecting the reporters, he offered up comments praising Saccone, saying of the candidate:
‘He’s doing a great job and I think — listen, he’s going to support the things that my father is doing. You’ve got a real conservative who’s going to fight for America and help us push through this agenda… I want someone in that office who’s going to actually fight for America… and that’s what we have right here.’
Saccone, sitting with Trump Jr., dismissed a poll that came out Monday that has his opponent, Conor Lamb, with a 6 percent leading margin. Although Trump won the district by about 20 percent, Murphy’s old seat — judging off the poll numbers — is very much in play.
After discussing his father’s efforts to bring jobs back to the U.S., Trump Jr. was then asked whether Stormy Daniels should be “allowed to speak.”
He laughed and said:
‘Thanks guys; that’s not what we’re talking about.’
The “impromptu press conference” was then concluded and security began to pressure journalists away from the area.
Check out the video below.
The reference to Daniels being allowed to speak is in relation to a non-disclosure agreement she signed that in theory restricts her from discussing her alleged affair with President Trump.
Daniels has sued over that agreement, claiming it’s invalid because the president never himself signed it. Most recently, she has offered to return the “hush money” she received in conjunction to the agreement in exchange for being free to talk about her relationship with Trump.
The money she received, depending on its source, could constitute a campaign finance law violation. If it came from the Trump Organization, it could constitute an illegal campaign donation, seeing as it was meant to keep Trump’s presidential campaign from being affected by Daniels talking about her affair with the president.
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