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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Trump’s Trial Shows How the Wealthy Buy Their Way Out

May 6, 2024

In his current hush money trial, Donald Trump is charged with falsifying campaign financing records over the payment of 130,000 dollars to buy silence from porn star Stormy Daniels about a sexual tryst between them that she threatened to make public just before the 2016 election.

In the trial, the owner of the tabloid newspaper The National Enquirer, David Pecker, testified he met with Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen and planned to “catch and kill” stories that might damage Trump’s campaign chances. He also says he was paid 150,000 dollars just two months before the election to bury the story of Trump’s affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal, which went on for months while he was married. Prosecutors played a recording Michael Cohen made on his phone when he talked with Trump about setting up a shell company for the transfer of money to Pecker’s company, which in turn paid McDougal to catch and kill the story of the affair. Trump was heard confirming it would cost “one-fifty” and suggesting to Cohen that the payment be made in cash.

Whether the prosecution is able to prove its case that Trump violated campaign financing laws in reimbursing Cohen for payments that eventually went to Stormy Daniels remains to be seen. But what’s been laid out already makes it clear that Trump is a guy who knows how to and is able to pay lawyers and publications hundreds of thousands of dollars to protect his image in front of voters to enhance his chances of winning an election by hiding the truth.

And this is the kind of guy workers should believe will be looking out for them if they give him their vote? That’s a stretch!