Barry Levine, formerly of the National Enquirer, and Monique el-Faizy are well placed to write this alarming book
Barry Levine and Monique El-Faizy parachute into the netherworld of weaponized libido that is the life of the 45th president. Salaciousness abounds. Their book is lurid, informative and aptly subtitled Donald Trump and the Making of a Predator.
Fortunately for us, the authors bring unique expertise. Levine is a former executive editor of the National Enquirer. According to the investigative reporter Ronan Farrow, Trumps secrets were stashed in a safe in Levines office until they were shredded in December 2016 a claim the Enquirer denies. El-Faizy is the author of God and Country, which examined the rise of the evangelical community in the aftermath of George W Bushs 2004 re-election.
All the Presidents Women is breezy but heavy. Unlike Stormy Daniels 2018 bestseller Full Disclosure, none of it is entertaining. Not surprisingly, the White House declined multiple opportunities to rebut the books contentions.
It takes us from Trumps days growing up in Queens to his arrival in the Oval Office and chronicles everything in between, mommy and daughter issues included. Much has been heard before, some is aired for the first time, little is pleasant, plenty is disturbing.
The book rests upon firsthand interviews, transcripts and prior reports. It also contains a detailed appendix that lays out its sources. Said differently, if you can actually believe Barack Obama is a crypto-Muslim born in Kenya to a cocaine-addled Martian, then opting in to at least 50% of All the Presidents Women should be a no-brainer.
Court records abound. It is not just the authors word or a birth certificate. Think Summer Zervos, Michael Cohen and Individual-1 for starters.
Despite all Trumps protestations and legal maneuvers, the lawsuit commenced in New York by Zervos, a one-time Apprentice contestant who was allegedly manhandled and defamed, proceeds apace. Since the case began in early 2017, the defendant has never submitted a sworn statement denying the substance of the complaint.
In March 2019, a New York appeals court gave its greenlight for Zervoss action to continue. Earlier this month the trial court set a 6 December discovery cut-off, with the possibility of Trump being deposed.
Practically speaking, dont bet on it. Like Bill Clinton before him, Trump will probably continue to assert that a sitting president cannot be sued, an argument rejected by the supreme court when Clinton squared off against Paula Jones. It is also possible Trump will claim that being deposed while being impeached is more than one man should be forced to bear. There, he may have a point.
More ominously for Trump, on Thursday Zervos filed a motion with the court that outlined a series of sexual assaults in late 2007 allegedly perpetrated by Trump. For good measure, the results of a polygraph are included. According to Zervos, in one instance Trump began kissing her very aggressively, then pawed at her. Zervos also attached portions of Trumps calendar. Barron Trump, the presidents son with Melania, was less than two years old at the time.
On top of that, there is Cohens guilty plea that essentially paints the president AKA Individual-1 as an unindicted co-conspirator in a campaign finance scheme to keep Karen McDougal, a former Playboy model (Woman-1), and Daniels, a porn star (Woman-2), out of the headlines. The plan worked well enough. The two women were neither seen nor heard until the presidential race was over.
Among the books more questionable vignettes is a story of a younger Trump, nearly 40 years ago, frequenting a sex club maintained by the mob and pursuing a threesome with a porn star and a young girl. The authors have failed to find the two women or a possible black-and-white tape.
Beyond that, the building in question has since been demolished and the mob kingpin behind the club was purportedly whacked in 1986. The sole eyewitness is named John Tino, and his rap sheet includes convictions for larceny, fraud and forgery.
Yet Trumps forays into construction and casinos, his nexus to organized crime and his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein together confer a patina of plausibility on a tale that would otherwise be close to nonexistent. The authors stand by Tino.
The book also raises the possibility Trump may have left in his wake more than a few terminated pregnancies. David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer prize winner and a Trump biographer, is quoted as saying that several name-brand women had pregnancies and abortions courtesy of Trump. Johnston adds: I dont have the medical records to prove it, but theyve told girlfriends about it. No names are listed.