Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal are said to have received hush money after their affairs with Donald Trump in order not to put the ex-president in distress. What became of these women?
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“If I have something to say, I’ll say it.” Karen McDougal recently posted these words on her Instagram account – and thus summed up the booming silence that has surrounded ex-President Donald Trump since the end of his term in office. Except for pictures of him and his wife Melania in the luxury resort of Mar-a-Lago, which were recorded on Valentine’s Day this year, has hardly seen or heard from the couple since January 20, 2021.
Again and again a topic boils up: What about the love between Melania and Donald Trump? Will the relationship last after the presidency ends? And: is the 74-year-old loyal to his wife? Between 2006 and 2007, at a time when Melania had long been the wife of Donald Trump’s side, ex-playmate Karen McDougal is said to have had an affair with the real estate mogul. But the now 49-year-old is persistently silent about details – even after his term in office. Why is that?
The reason for this is a method that Americans call “catch and kill”. A close friend of Donald Trump’s, David Pecker, bought Karen McDougal’s revelations about the affair for $ 150,000 – and agreed exclusive rights. The gossip “National Enquirer” run by Pecker never brought the story: captured and buried. Still it seeped through. In 2016, the “Wall Street Journal” published the scandal shortly before the presidential election, two years later the US journalist Ronan Farrow shot excerpts from Karen McDougal’s memoir in “The New Yorker”: The affair between Trump and her was over with that at the latest open secret.
Did Trump’s affairs receive hush money?
Not the only fling that has made Melania Trump’s husband – the couple married in 2005, and gave birth to their son Barron in 2006 – a notorious cheat for years. Probably the most sensational affair made waves in 2016. Former porn actress Stormy Daniels had received $ 130,000 in hush money to keep her 2006 mess with Trump a secret. So it reported the “Wall Street Journal” and as it turned out later, not Trump, but his attorney at the time, lawyer Michael Cohen, got into trouble. Because the payment should have been disclosed as an election campaign grant because Cohen was protecting his client’s presidential campaign. Cohen later admitted this misconduct in court, but did not mention the name of his client. Trump was spared.
A spiral of silence around Donald Trump that continues to this day? Both Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels have been noticeably withdrawn since the scandal revelations about their alleged affairs with the ex-president. Women no longer play a role in traditional media, but the search for clues in social media is successful.
McDougal is quite active on her Instagram account, on which she is followed by almost 30,000 people. There she shows calendar sayings, photos with her dog and videos with local TV presenters, where she is a guest every now and then. She last spoke to Todd Crandell in early February about her life as an ex-playmate and her difficult childhood. Her parents gave her little support and later showed little understanding for her career. Today she gives fitness tips, advocates for women who have problems with their breast implants and, above all, appears as a Bible-firm Christian. The model runs her own website and will be 50 years old on March 23rd.
Stormy Daniels is promoting her “OnlyFans” account
Ex-porn actress Stormy Daniels also regularly shows her around 310,000 fans on Instagram. Since she is said to have received hush money in the course of the US election campaign in 2016, she has defended herself against Trump, but not successfully. Since then it has been quiet around her. In 2018, she filed a lawsuit against the confidentiality agreement concluded with Trump – but it was rejected. Most recently, Daniels appeared with a “spooky babes” show in which she wants to track down paranormal activities.
The erotic star also advertises cannabis products and has a profile on the revealing social media platform “OnlyFans”. She last directed porn films in 2016. Two years later she toured American strip clubs as part of the Make America Horny Again tour. Daniels will be 42 years old on March 17th. She has a ten year old daughter.
Karen McDougal’s sentence seems to have mutated into an empty phrase: “If I have something to say, I will say it.” Or the women who are said to have an affair with Donald Trump and who publicly affirmed this themselves actually have nothing to say at the moment. In any case, the end of Donald Trump’s presidency has not changed the communication between Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal. On the contrary: women are disappearing more and more from the collective memory.