Trump in the Storm

by Jesse Mendoza

Allegations from former adult film actress, Stephanie Clifford, point to Trump being an unfaithful husband. In an interview in 2011, Clifford, known by her film name Stormy Daniels, detailed her sexual encounter with Trump back in July 2006, four months after Trump’s wife Melania gave birth to his son Barron. Allegedly, the encounter occurred after meeting at a golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. In Touch Weekly was about to run the story when Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, threatened to sue the magazine company, leading to the article being scrapped.

Word of the affair began circulating again just before the November 2016 election. In January, an article published by the Wall Street Journal claimed that Cohen paid Stephanie Clifford $130,000 one month before the election as part of an NDA, non-disclosure agreement, to keep her silent. While Cohen denied this payment at the time, he later explained in February that he did pay Clifford, but the payment was not known by The Trump campaign. Cohen did not state any reason for this payment, but claimed the payment was lawful.

While this allegation questions the president’s morals on marriages, the payment Clifford received from Cohen may have been illegal. During presidential elections, individuals can only contribute up to $5,000 to a candidate during the primary and general elections. While Cohen claims that his payment had no relation to the Trump campaign, it could still be seen as a violation of the rule, especially by those investigating Trump.

The poll question used was meant to eliminate any preexisting bias against President Trump. This poll was completed to see the extent to which SGHS students believe cheating has on one’s ability to complete their job. The goal was to connect these poll results to Donald Trump’s ability to be president of the United States while having an alleged affair.