Federal prosecutors and the federal judge who sentenced Michael Cohen have already determined that they were, but Fox News is doing its best to muddy the waters and sow doubt in the minds of its viewers.
Co-host Steve Doocey shared the story of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, who had an affair while his wife was dying of cancer. Payments made to the woman, Doocey noted, were not considered campaign contributions by a jury.
Doocey neglected to tell viewers that those payments were made in part to help support her during her pregnancy (Edwards fathered her child), and were made before the primaries. Edwards also dropped out of the race early in the primaries, having performed poorly.
As Michael Cohen told ABC News in an interview Friday morning, Trump wanted the payments made to keep the women he allegedly slept with from talking. The payments were made a few weeks before the 2016 presidential election.
Meanwhile, staunch Trump warrior Brian Kilmeade told viewers that anyone who reads the New York Post’s “Page Six,” a gossip column in the tabloid popular in New York City, would know that Donald Trump “lived the life of a high-profile billionaire.”
Kilmeade suggested that the average billionaire’s lifestyle includes paying off women all the time.
“So no, you wouldn’t think that one vote would be changed if people knew, or didn’t know that the president was having some type of relationship with these two women,” Kilmeade insisted.
Brian Kilmeade argues that Trump payoffs weren’t campaign related because people already knew that Trump lived a billionaire lifestyle from Page Six. pic.twitter.com/a44ep5XCH8
— John Whitehouse (@existentialfish) December 14, 2018
Here’s the ugly racist history behind tipping — and how it still persists today
On Saturday, writing for Politico, minister and civil rights activist Rev. Dr. William Barber applauded House Democrats' plans to not only raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024, but eliminate the much lower "tipped wage" of $2.13 an hour and require tipped workers to also be paid at least the minimum.
This is important, wrote Barber, because the roots of businesses forcing their workers to rely on tips for a proper wage is deeply rooted in America's history of racial tension.
Black GOP strategist called on the carpet by Joy Reid for trying to sidestep Trump’s racist rally as ’empowering’ voters
An "AM Joy" panel on MSNBC descended into talking over each other as host Joy Reid confronted a black GOP consultant over Donald Trump's racist rally in North Carolina.
Presenting the conservative point of view, Republican strategist Lenny McAllister was asked point-blank by the host, "Lenny, hold on a second, because you as a man of color yourself -- do you feel comfortable in a party that does rallies like that?"
McAllister pushed back saying he had walked away from just those type of events, before admitting, "To the greater point. They're using racism as an avenue through which people feel empowered, they lend you the loyalty, they give you the vote. What Republicans need to do is continue to empower people, but not by using racism and not by using phobia."
Dershowitz and Trump should both be worried what Jeffrey Epstein will reveal when he looks to cut a deal: ex-prosecutor
On Saturday, Georgetown Law professor and former federal prosecutor Paul Butler discussed the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking case with MSNBC's Joy Reid, and the conversation turned to Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's increasingly furious battle with David Boies, a prominent lawyer representing some of Epstein's alleged victims. Dershowitz has been accused by one of the women of also abusing her at one of Epstein's parties, a claim he categorically denies.
"I've had sex with one woman since the day I met Jeffrey Epstein," said Dershowitz in a Fox News clip Reid played for her viewers. "I challenge David Boies to say under oath that he's only had sex with one woman during that same period of time, he couldn't do it. So he has an enormous amount of chutzpah to attack me and to challenge my perfect, perfect sex life during the relevant period of time."