Trump's first test

Trump did know about the $130,000 to Stormy Daniels after all

Come on guys, just pick a line – no money, hush money, or campaign money?

Trump is changing his tune on the Stormy Daniels case, and it's confusing the hell out of us in terms of what money came from where and for what and who and why-is-this-all-so-complicated.

What it means: Okay, so: if you've not been following the whole thing, Stormy Daniels says she and Trump slept together back in 2006, which Trump denies. She also says she was paid $130k to keep quiet about it, just before the election. Until now, Trump denied he knew anything about that too... until he suddenly remembered. Funny, that.

Trump's now openly said he paid his lawyer Cohen $130,000 as part of a monthly retainer to finance a 'non-disclosure agreement' with Daniels – in other words, hush money. It wasn't a 'reimbursement', nor was it 'campaign money', he says: it was just paying his lawyer to do his job.

The reason why this matters is because what 'type' of money it was is crucial to understanding whether anyone's broken the law. If the intention of the money was to make the campaign easier, it's campaign money, and violated campaign finance law. Also, if it was a reimbursement and not a payment, they probably didn't pay the right type of tax on it... another economics twist to the most reality show-esque politics story we've seen in a while.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?