A decent chance exists that when everyone wakes up tomorrow — about the time Morning Joe comes on — the entire country (or at least those who are clued in) is going to realize how little we know about the purported affair between Elliot Broidy and Playboy Bunny Shera Bechard.
Now, as I keep saying, I know a little bit of information I don’t feel comfortable sharing which would indicate it’s a little less likely than it seems that it’s Trump not Broidy who is Bechard’s babydaddy. In fact, I would go so far as to say we’re one concrete piece of information linking Broidy to Bechard away from all this speculation I’ve been doing being rendered quite comical.
But the issue is — as of right now, we have absolutely zero evidence that Broidy and Bechard know each other. None. Zip. Zilch. Zero. What we do have is a preponderance of logic saying it was Trump, not Broidy who got Bechard pregnant. That and a whole slew of questions that spring from that logic.
Here are some questions just off the top of my head:
How would Bechard and Trump have met? Who would have known from the beginning? It seems likely that if Trump was the one to have the affair with Bechard and not Broidy, that he met her at a Playboy function. It couldn’t possibly be that difficult to simply ask around Playboy to see what people know. Trump is sufficiently hated that someone, somewhere might squeal, if there is anything to squeal about at all.
Given they may have met at a Playboy function, how complicit is Playboy (ie Cooper Hefner) in all of this. I would be flabbergasted if Hefner couldn’t simply pick up a phone and answer this particular riddle quite quickly. If he purports to be all so liberal and anti-Trump, wouldn’t it behoove him to clear things up for us, given the stakes?
How could Trump have possibly have kept this secret from 2015 to 2018? How would they have met?
One really bonkers and significant issue is the timetable for the conception of the aborted fetus. From what I can tell, Bechard likely got pregnant soon after Trump was sworn in. How and where did they meet for eventful banging? How could they have possibly kept all of this a secret?
I am perplexed at how we’ve gone this long without some MSM person looking deeper into this. If they prove conclusively that it was Broidy, then I look kind of silly. (Actually, it’s a friend of mine who has been doing all the work, I’m just his hype man.) And, really, all I’ve been doing is looking at this issue from different angles. I really enjoy doing that.
So, as of right now, it’s not so much that Trump got a Playboy Bunny pregnant and she got an abortion, it’s her state of mind when she got an abortion. While there’s a lot of tenuous speculation involved required to get this point, if you could prove that Michael Cohen pressured Shera Bechard to get an abortion in exchange for her silence and $1.6 million…well, that’s pretty craven.
At of this point, I honestly have no clue what the truth is. On one hand, we have the possible cover story that Broidy had an affair with Bechard and on the other than we have what makes a lot more logical sense and that’s that Trump raw dogged her and got her pregnant. Then used Cohen as his fixer to get her to have an abortion in exchange for her silence and $1.6 million. (Which, as far as I know, she hasn’t gotten the entirety of, giving her every reason to stay pretty mum about all of this.)
In short, there are a lot of questions about the Bechard – Broidy situation that have yet to be cleared up. It’s weird that the MSM were so quick to take at face value what we were told in the WSJ article that broke this story. I’d like to think that now, because Broidy is back in the news for, like, influence peddling that started a day after the first payment to Bechard by Broidy that maybe, just maybe this otherwise bonkers idea might get a little traction and we’ll get some evidence one way or another.
Here’s what we know for the time being about all of this:
New York Magazine recently came out with an article that proposed the theory that it was not Republican mega contributor Elliot Broidy who had an affair with Playboy Bunny Shera Bechard, but rather President of the United States, Donald J. Trump.
This is significant because if it was, indeed Trump, the affair would have occurred at some point between 2015 and 2017 when Trump was running for president and actually in office as well. A friend of mine who is really good into snooping into social media has found extremely tentative, extremely circumstantial evidence that if does not prove the affair at least provides some evidence that it was at least possible.
Now, the above doesn’t prove anything at all. But it is interesting that she was having fun at a Trump property pool in NYC, while her alleged lover Broidy is a long-time resident of LA.
The only reason why any of this matters is the internal logic of her affair with Broidy is nowhere near as strong as that of her having an affair with Trump. Broidy has all the makings of a proxy fall guy for a significantly more powerful and wealthy individual who didn’t want a messy end of an affair to harm his political career. Add to this that Broidy would use Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen and things are very curious indeed. Here is a bit more circumstantial evidence. Again let me stress that this could mean anything, but it is weird.
Next up we have some evidence that if nothing else Trump and Bechard were within proximity of each other at some point about the time of when they were supposed to be having an affair. This could mean nothing, it could mean everything.
Now we enter even murkier waters. That of her state of mind at the time she was to have an abortion. This is where things are the most barely holding on to what might be real, and yet if you hold that it was Trump not Broidy then this is definitely interesting if nothing else.
Then the following happens. Things change. She becomes interested in the MeToo movement. What does this mean? Anything? Nothing? Don’t know.
Finally, we have this situation. This is interesting, but we’re really grasping at straws unless something happens that gives us a lot more information.
Trump has long been compared to former Italian Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi was impossible to bring down until he wasn’t. He would have been in power forever until he was connected to an underage prostitution ring. The thing about Trump is, as it stands, Trump is a king. As Benjamin Wittes has quipped, Trump is “malevolence only mitigated by incompetence.”
There has been a lot of talk about what could possibly bring down Trump. People keep telling The Resistance to talk about policy instead of Trump’s many scandals. But there comes a point when the scandals get so grievous — like in the instance of Berlusconi — when they finally break the back of his support.
So, right now, the only thing I can think of that come anywhere close to bringing down Trump would be proving he, not Elliot Broidy, had an affair with former Playboy Playmate Shera Bechard. The thing that really bugs me about the New York Magazine piece about the theory that this is the case, is it didn’t really either get into the details of how this might have been the case nor tell us what the political implications would be.
But if we could prove it was Trump and not Broidy then we would have a scandal so devastating that I’d like to think it would give the most oblivious, hardened deplorable pause for thought. Because once you prove Trump had the affair, then what we know of what happened to Bechard becomes significant indeed.
Apparently she had the affair sometime between late 2015 and late 2017. It ended with her having an abortion and getting a $1.6 million payoff from Broidy through Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen. So, Trump would be implicated in not only an affair and a payoff like with Stormy Daniels, but an abortion as well. And there is at lest extremely circumstantial evidence that whatever happened with the affair left Bechard with an interest in the #MeToo movement. So, it’s at last possible that she felt pressured or coerced into having the abortion in exchange for the $1.6 million.
Now, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever know one way or another. But it is telling that the SDNY did raid Cohen’s office and as such might have acquired proof one way or another of what really happened between Trump, Bechard and Broidy.
The really interesting thing is that logic tells us it was Trump, we just don’t know enough of the logistics to figure out how Trump could have possibly have pulled off an affair with Bechard while he was in office. The level of secrecy required to pull of the affair is difficult to comprehend.
But I don’t know. I want to believe that the deporables might care if if Trump pressured a woman into having an abortion, but they’ve invested so much into the long con that is Trump that there’s a good chance that even that wouldn’t phase them. And given that Trump has no shame, will never resign and has immunity by way of a Republican majority in Congress, it seems Trump may have achieved a level of power that even Berlusconi would be envious.
Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.