Rudy Giuliani recently made national headlines when he joined President Donald Trump’s legal team. It shouldn’t have been that surprising. They are obviously friends and Giuliani did much to help Trump during his campaign. His specific task this time: help defend Trump in the media in the middle of a number of crises. He didn’t waste any time, either. He was making the rounds on the talkshow circuit, putting his expert spin on any and all things Trump. What really got the talking heads excited was when he opened up about the Donald’s Stormy Daniels situation with a little more earnest.
Yes, Trump denied even knowing who she was. Yes, he said repeatedly he had no idea Michael Cohen, his attorney, paid her money to keep quiet. Now, Rudy tells the world that not only did Trump know about it, but he reimbursed Cohen’s $130,000. But Rudy had a defense for all this. It basically boiled down to this: you don’t understand what it’s like to be rich.
Wealthy people pay “hush money” all the time, and they do it for a lot more than what Trump indirectly paid to shut up a washed-up porn star. It’s something us common folk would never understand. We don’t ever get in those situations and if we did, we don’t have the cold hard cash to buy our way out of them. For wealthy people, Giuliani said, paying hush money was as normal as stopping by a Starbucks for a mocha. Everybody does it.
It doesn’t have to mean your guilty either. See, for normal people that don’t live in Washington, the idea of hush money indicates guilt. After all, someone that is innocent would never pony up the funds to make someone just go away. But in politics and even in big business, it happens all the time. Companies decide to pay someone they know is in the wrong because of the uncertainty of fighting it out in court or even worse, being convicted in the court of public opinion. That’s because we live in a world where just saying someone did something can have just as profound an effect on their life as them actually doing it.
Are we defending Donald Trump here? Absolutely not. Even the most over-the-top Trump supporter probably knows deep down inside somewhere that Trump probably did have that relationship with Stormy, and he probably did hush her up with big bucks because it was true. Our point was just that it doesn’t matter whether he did it or not. He still had to pay the money. He was in the middle of a Presidential campaign that originated as an absolute joke, but about the time Stormy came throwing her business card around and threatening to tell her story was that magical moment when those around Donald Trump all of a sudden thought for just a second “Hey, we just might could win this thing.”
The truth is that Stormy is back because she got screwed (financially, not literally…well, maybe). Think about it. When Donald Trump was just a knucklehead running for President that no one thought in a million years could win, that $130,000 was good money to shut up and go away. The truth is, Stormy and her people had no idea that the Trumpster was actually going to win the whole enchilada. All of a sudden that $130,000 became a paltry sum when set against the backdrop of the presidency. Stormy should have asked for more, and that’s why she’s back. She was underpaid big time.
So, you see, we don’t understand. Ordinary American citizens will never pay hush money for anything. If they do, it will be like giving their kid twenty bucks so they don’t tell Mom they ate the last of the ice cream, not paying off porn stars for silence. But in Washington and amongst the rich and elite, it’s just the cost of doing business.
Donald Trump may be an outsider to the establishment in our government, but he still is part of the elite club, and they couldn’t be more out of touch with what it’s like to be an average American in America.