CNN's Jake Tapper details 'pattern' of Trump associates threatening critics: 'Does this seem like a con job?'
Adult film actress Stormy Daniels (left, via Wikimedia Commons) and President Donald Trump (right, via screengrab).

CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked parents to use the "mute" button so that he could analyze President Donald Trump's credibility by reviewing his past record. A dispute with Stormy Daniels has raised the question over whether the former porn star has more believability than the commander-in-chief.


"President Trump is striking back today," Tapper noted. "After Stormy Daniels and her attorney released this composite sketch of the man who allegedly in 2011 threatened Stormy and her daughter for talking about her alleged relationship with Mr. Trump and saying she should keep quiet about Trump 'or else.'"

“Of course, the allegation is a strong one," Tapper cautioned. "And in considering the credibility, one should weigh not only whether you believe Stormy Daniels and her lawyer, but whether President Trump and those around him have ever been accused of similar behavior before."

"Parents, some of the language gets a little spicy so you might want to hit ‘mute’ for the next 30 seconds," the CNN host warned.

Tapper then detailed four different previous accusations in the public record, alleging threatening conduct by Trump's organization.

"Now, you and I weren't there, we don't know for a fact what really happened in the parking lot with Stormy Daniels or whether the sketch is to be believed," Tapper acknowledged. "But when weighing the facts, we should ask, does this seem like a con job, as the President of the United States alleges?"

"Or might it fit in a pattern of accusations of threatening behavior?" he asked.

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