I had not expected to write about Louise Mensch and her cohorts -- "Team Dizzy," as I call them -- for two days in a row. But you may be interested to learn about her new line of attack
There are tapes, video tapes, involving @realDonaldTrump personally committing illegal sexual acts with trafficked victims #PIMPOTUS
Mensch prominently features this response
from a "Dr. Mike Hunt":
A tsunami of tapes that will wash away trump. Even the GOP won't be able to swallow pedo don.
"Mike Hunt" is, of course, a joke name. His Twitter bio includes this claim: "As the Donald's personal gynecologist I am ultimate Washington Insider."
(Robert Morrow, is that you? Sure sounds
like you. My doubts will be erased if photos of mega-breasted women start popping up in the "Hunt" twitter feed.)
Mensch, of course, offers no proof beyond her usual guff about "sources." Why are these sources so willing to talk to her
and not to a writer with greater credibility?
Of course, the right-wing fake news sites are also relying in anonymous "sources"
for those stories about Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Imran Aman. Some will now be tempted to say that it all evens out, left and right being equally guilty of this journalistic sin. But Louise Mensch is not really on the left
, is she? She's a Tory, as are most of the employees of Cambridge Analytica. (Just sayin'.) My point is that iffy anonymous "sourcing" is usually a right-wing thing, even though the Trumpers would have us believe otherwise. When the WP and the NYT have relied on such sources, the stories have usually panned out.
Mensch's readers accept this "underaged sex tape" claim without question, as per usual. Their tweets drop the obvious names: Jeffrey Epstein. Trump Models. "Katie Johnson."
(Sweartagod, I recall seeing Katie's real name in a rather obscure news story around the time she dropped her suit. Is my memory playing tricks?)
This is all stuff you already know if you've been paying attention -- although I must confess that I had forgotten that Epstein once took the fifth when asked if he had ever been in Trump's presence along with underaged females
Oddly, Team Dizzy has not seen fit to mention Trump associates Felix Sater and Tevfik Arif. Those two men sprang from a Russian criminal organization run by Semyon Mogilevich. Among his many unsavory activities, Mogilevich traffics in underaged prostitutes, which his organization has used to compromise political and business figures around the world. (You may recall the tale of that yacht raided by Turkish commandos in 2011.)
It may be instructive to keep Mogilevich in mind as we consider the case of Jeff Epstein, friend to Donald Trump. Epstein is known to have enjoyed the company of underaged women from eastern Europe -- although, oddly enough, nobody has ever asked how he made the acquaintance of these young women. Who was his supplier? Virginia Roberts claims that Epstein has used these females as "bait" in blackmail traps.
Perhaps now would be a good time to mention the mystery of how Epstein made his billions. He claims to handle the fortunes of other billionaires, although their names are unknown, and he has established none of the "infrastructure" normally associated with legitimate money managers. The suggestion has been made that his work may be linked to Russian oligarchs.
Bottom line: Do I think that Mensch and her compatriots have developed genuine sources? And should we believe these sources when they claim that Mueller has acquired tapes of Trump with underaged prostitutes?
Mensch has burned us all way
too many times. That's why someone who was once quoted by Olbermann and invited to appear of Real Time
has now been reduced to palling around with the likes of "Mike Hunt."
I just now scrolled through the "Mike Hunt" twitter feed. Sure enough: Boobs! Couldn't resist, could you?)
So color me skeptical when it comes to this latest "scoop." Nevertheless, I consider this general area worthy of investigation. Although nothing in Trump's history suggests an attraction to children, girls develop with frightening rapidity these days, and there have been plenty of occasions when a 16 year old has pretended to be older. (Seventeen is the age of consent in the state of New York; eighteen is the age of consent in Florida.) One can easily see how a tape might come into existence.
But proceed with caution.
A false accusation is just what Team Trump wants. Don't give them any excuse to "do the martyrella routine" (as my ex liked to put it).
Hours after writing the words "nothing in Trump's history suggests an attraction to children," I learned about this
Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen wrote that President-elect Donald Trump once asked, “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?” — but the quote was quietly removed before the syndicated column was published Tuesday.
Trump was reportedly referring to his daughter, Ivanka, who was 13 years old at the time.
The quote was circulated Monday in a draft of Cohen's piece “Our Next President, The Godfather" that was sent to outlets that syndicate the column, a source told BuzzFeed News. The quote did not appear in the later, final version of the piece carried by the Post and other outlets.
That Buzzfeed piece was published last November but did not come to my attention until today. What can I say except "Ewww