Trump may have paid off his mistress and is anyone really shocked?

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Trump may have paid off his mistress and is anyone really shocked?

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Ariana Cross, Reporter

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Last week, Michael Cohen, former lawyer of United States President Donald Trump, made a public testimony stating that Trump used him to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels. He provided checks as proof of the transaction used as hush money to cover up Trump’s alleged affair with Daniels. When I heard Cohen’s testimony I was in no way surprised. Controversies like this are something that the average American has sadly grown accustomed to.

 

I believe that the repeated scandals coming out of the White House during Trump’s presidency tarnishes the democracy that was previously built up. The job of leading our nation is one that children looked up to. Every month around 80,000 people visit the White House, mainly for school trips, to learn of the history and importance of the location. However, within the walls of the White House lies layers of lies, cover stories, and sexual harassment allegations. At this point I feel as if I am watching an episode of Scandal, where our top government officials feel more like dramatic actors.

 

Our president’s reputation is filled with Monica Lewinsky level sex scandals, campaign violations, and FBI investigations. But don’t worry, Trump isn’t alone. Joining him are the 130 other representatives accused of sexual harassment or assault in 2018. Many close to him like Scott Pruitt, former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, facing investigations after using taxpayer money for his travels, or Roger Stone, one of Trump’s advisors, who lied about communication with Russia.

 

The constant spewing of political scandals takes away from the important issues that government officials should actually be focusing on. Big issues in our country like gun control and climate change take a back seat in the media to the drama unfolding in Washington.

 

I am not arguing we need to ignore these issues when they arise but am instead disappointed. We expect our representatives, congressmen and women, and especially President to be good examples for our future government officials watching from the tour groups in the White House. Instead they should be seen as examples as what not to do, and who to avoid electing in the future.

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