Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How a Playboy model could save Roe v. Wade

Conservative Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy has stopped making payments to former Playboy model Shera Bechard for a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to hush up an affair and abortion. Now, you're wondering how does this affect conservative President Trump's plan to pack the Supreme Court and overturn Roe v. Wade? Well, if Ms. Bechard can now talk, maybe she can tell us that Broidy was not the one she had the affair with but it was with Trump. That would cause a firestorm since Trump's mistress could have an abortion and now he's trying to deny that right to the women of America. Just another Trumpian hypocrisy.

But hold on you say. There's no evidence that Trump is really the one who had the affair with Ms. Bechard. Well, in this excellent piece from New York Magazine by Paul Campos he deduces with very good logic that it was Trump not Broidy. In the piece, he notes that the NDA for Trump's Stormy Daniels affair and Bechard's uese the same pseudonyms for the male, David Dennison and the woman, Peggy Peterson. Ah, the love of alliteration. The same lawyers for parties were involved. Michael Cohen for Trump and Broidy. Keith Davidson for Stormy Daniels and Shera Bechard. The same shell LLC, Eseential Consultants was used to launder er... make the payments to the women. One difference. Daniels got $130, 000 dollars whereas Bechard received a lot more. She got 1.6 million dollars. Of course, she had an abortion. Plus think of the explosive story if it was disclosed before the 2016 presidential election that Trump impregnated a woman and she got an abortion. His evangelical Christian base would evaporate.

If Paul Campos is right, Ms. Bechard could help the women of America. If she tells her story, she could expose Trump for his hypocrisy. More women would rise up. If Ms. Bechard can get an abortion why can't the women of America? The political pressure would greatly increase for Trump to pick a more moderate and neutral pick for the current vacancy in the Supreme Court. Maybe a Playboy model can save Roe v. Wade.

Chris Hayes of MSNBC covers Elliot Broidy in this May piece.

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