Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson’s attorney Nancy Erika Smith explained that Christian evangelicals in President Donald Trump’s White House are hypocrites for continuing to support the president.
“The people have a right to know about the conduct of their president, especially a president who is loved by white evangelicals, they’re his base, who want to tell gay people they can’t have rights based on their religion, and their religion prevents women from making private medical decisions and policies should be based on those religious principles,” Smith argued. “Here we have a president who wants to hide his own behavior. He’s the president. He’s not anybody.”
She explained to CNN’s Erica Hill that the president of the United States cannot enter into a nondisclosure agreement “because we live in a democracy.” Public records must be accessible to the public, particularly since the president campaigned on full transparency.
“This president has been mocking transparency since he wouldn’t give us his tax returns,” she continued. “But his behavior is more important to the public. The public has an interest in how the president of the United States conducts himself. How do we know this? They impeached Bill Clinton because he lied about a consensual relationship. We know this because Donald Trump held a press conference with all of his accusers in order to somehow tarnish Hillary Clinton.”
Smith argued that Trump seems to want to hide his own behavior while criticizing the behavior of others.
“As they said in the [Richard] Nixon impeachment, ‘It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup,'” Smith continued. “When you have a president of the United States making a fake name in order to shut up somebody weeks before the election, and now we know his friends are doing catch and kill with other women who have stories about him. If he wasn’t holding himself up literally to be the evangelical president, Jesus speaks to him, God brought him to us, maybe it would be less relevant. But the public has a right to know about the character of the president.”
She recalled that Trump said so himself over and over during the 2016 Election and that the Republican Party talks about it more than anyone.
Smith also revealed that the defamation lawsuit with “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos could ultimately be the way the NDAs become public, because her suit can move forward and she has the ability to subpoena the NDAs of other women to prove a pattern of behavior. Once an exhibit is entered into evidence, it becomes a public document affiliated with the case.
“He said, ‘Number one, I’m the president so this really can’t happen right now, when they were going back,” Hill explained. “Also, his speech was protected because it was political speech. He’s protected under the First Amendment. The judge said this doesn’t stand.”
She noted what was fascinating is that the other playmate received $150,000 for her story and is also claiming First Amendment protections under political speech.
“I don’t think it’s political speech to call somebody a liar,” Smith dissented. “I don’t think that can be called political speech. but it might be political speech to say I have information about the president which shows his character and that he’s a hypocrite.”
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