The Bechard / Broidy / Trump Imbroglio & Mulling How Complicit Playboy is

by Shelton Bumgarner

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:
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Issues For Trump Should He, Not Elliot Broidy, Be Shera Bechard’s BabyDaddy

by Shelton Bumgarner

If we take a moment to dwell beyond the horizon of what is known about the Shera Bechard situation and reflect on what it would mean if it was Trump and not Elliot Broidy who was the babydaddy, we are faced with some serious issues.

The biggest issue is Trump would have had somehow started the affair just as he was revving up his presidential campaign in 2015. What’s more, the aborted fetus would have been conceived just after Trump was sworn in, if I have my general calculations right in my head from what we know of Shera Bechard’s physical state in late 2017.

And, really, the only reason why any of this matters at all is the only thing that brought down Silvio Berlusconi in Italy was his involvement in an underage prostitution ring. So, one could make the argument that if Donald J. Trump had his fixer pressure Bechard into having an abortion in exchange for her silence and $1.6 million, well, that might leave a bruise on his administration, if nothing else.

Remember, from what we can tell of her social media activity, not only was she not exactly upset to be pregnant, she was pretty far along when she had the abortion. So far along, in fact, that she was showing. But we just don’t know enough to properly understand what happened.

I mean, we don’t have any concrete evidence that Bechard and Broidy even know each other and logical definitely sides with Trump being the babydaddy. But one piece of evidence is all we need linking Bechard to Broidy in a serious way and all of this will look comical in hindsight.

But given how much Trump lies, the fact that he raw dogs his lovers and Bechard definitely looks like his daughter his type and really the only issue you have is figuring out how they met and how they would keep something so enormous secret.

Of course, the ultimate irony would be we prove this and still nothing happens. That would just be sad. Tragic and sad.

Here’s what we know for the time being about all of this:
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Idle Speculation About Elliot Broidy, Shera Bechard & Donald Trump

by Shelton Bumgarner

Now, let me say for the record again that I’ve come to believe that oddly enough that it really was Elliot Broidy who got Shera Bechard pregnant and paid her $1.6 million in hush money. And I’ll even go so far as to say maybe there were no shenanigans when it came to her getting an abortion.

Having established that, let’s venture off into tin-foil hat land and cock and eyebrow about how weird all of this is. Here’s a tweet that really makes you think:

This could all be a co-incidence. It really could. But what do we know about Trump? He raw dogs his lovers, Shera Bechard looks like his type big time and there is at least a whiff of evidence from Ms. Bechard’s social media that she was at least in the same city (NYC) on several occasions.

And we know that Trump lies constantly for everything big and small.

One big question is: why is there zero evidence that Broidy and Bechard even know each other? No pictures of them together, no nothing. All we have is the WSJ article on the affair. That’s it. It sure would make a lot of sense if the Trump friendly WSJ was used to suck out all the air from any possible connection between Trump and Bechard.

But here is where we come to some cold hard facts: we just don’t know. We just don’t know anything. Logically it definitely makes a huge amount of sense that it was Trump, not Broidy who was Bechard’s babydaddy, but maybe people like me are drawing some conclusions as a part of conformation bias.

We also don’t know Bechard’s state of mind at the time of her abortion. The official line is Broidy got her pregnant and, well, you know, broads. But if Cohen was involved, Mr. Trump Fix-It, there is at least a tiny little bit of reason to think maybe she wasn’t all that thrilled to have an abortion, especially since her social media shows her as all smiles about the time she was showing because she was “curvy.”

I honestly don’t know the answer to any of these questions. The SDNY may know the answer, but given that even if Trump did do as we speculate, he didn’t break any laws, you know, lulz. But I’d like to think that if he had a hand — even indirectly — in an abortion, some religious nutjob somewhere might at least be given pause for thought.

That’s all the hope I got at this point.

Here’s what we know for the time being about all of this:
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Of Elliot Broidy, Influence Peddling, Shera Bechard & A Possible Proxy Payoff

by Shelton Bumgarner

I only write this because Elliot Broidy is back in the news. I used to think there was a decent shot that it was Donald Trump and not Elliot Broidy who had an affair with Shera Bechard, but I learned a little bit of information that seemed to make it less likely.

And then THIS popped up.

From BusinessInsider:
Elliott Broidy a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, and George Nader, Broidy’s business partner, pitched themselves and pushed the interests of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to the White House.
Broidy and Nader tried to persuade the US government to sanction Qatar and move a key military base from Qatar to another location in the Gulf.

I still don’t think it was Trump, but damn if the logic for Broidy taking the fall for Trump when it comes to an affair with Shera Bechard isn’t even stronger. Doesn’t it make sense that it would be worth $1.6 million to Broidy to get access to Trump in exchange for cleaning up Trump’s pretty enormous screw up of getting Shera Bechard pregnant and then paying her $1.6 to be quiet and (maybe) have an abortion as well. We know she had an abortion, but we don’t know her state of mind at the time of it. We are lead to believe she was like, “Oh noes, I’m pregnant, gotta have an abortion.” When in fact all evidence points to her being pretty copacetic about being pregnant and being pregnant long enough to show.

So even though the known facts don’t support Trump as the baby daddy, the logic is getting stronger all the time. We still have no photographic evidence that Broidy even knows Bechard. There’s a whole lot we don’t know about what happened between Broidy and Bechard and yet I don’t get the sense that anyone really cares in the MSM.

But if you could prove that Trump got Shera Bechard pregnant and then pressured her through Michael Cohen to have an abortion in exchange for $1.6 million…that would be a oof moment if nothing else. I don’t think it would bring down Trump’s Administration because, well, nothing can do that it seems, but it definitely would be more than just a blip.

Here’s what we know for the time being about all of this:

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Trump, Giuliani & Their Constitutional Spaghetti Incident #Resist

by Shelton Bumgarner

What’s going on right now, I’m afraid, is what you might call the “spaghetti strategy” of defense on the part of Trump and Giuliani. They are no longer basing anything they do or say on the facts, but rather using their own form of “truthiness” whereby they throw different idea against the wall until something sticks.

Therefore, they honestly don’t care what we think. If you are bound by the rules of logic and evidence and happen not to support their basic concept that nothing Trump did was wrong and Mueller’s investigation is a “witch hunt,” they honestly don’t care what you think. Their entire goal is to divide the country and muddle the issues to such an extent that Trump can’t be pinned down.

In a sense, they’re trying to wait out the clock. They are waiting until the base is prepped to accept Trump firing Mueller or whatever, knowing that in real terms as long as Trump has a Republican majority in Congress he is, in fact, above the law. I don’t even think this strategy is all that risky. Unless something dramatically unexpected happens, I suspect they’re going to pull it off.

What they want, and what I think they’ll get, is an extreme version of the Iran-contra endgame whereby everyone knew Reagan engaged in extra-Constitutional shenanigans, but nothing happen to Reagan for various reasons. So, too, I think Trump will get what he wants — which is stay in power for 8 years — and much like the lack of WMDs in Iraq, this whole thing will be one of those issues where Trump supporters just blink silently whenever you bring it up, never addressing the facts.

That’s our fate, I’m afraid. Our fate is about half the population will know the facts — that Trump not only colluded with a hostile foreign power, but obstructed justice as well, while the other half the population will shrug and enjoy the “humming” economy while the Trump Administration guts the social safety net, tears immigrant families apart and generally ushers in an extremely dark period in our nations history.

Trump’s too smooth to do what Nixon did with the Saturday Night Massacre. Trump will probably do a gradual one whereby he pushes people out or something equally nefarious. A lot of people compare Trump to Reagan and, in some respects, the comparison is apt. Reagan ushered in a new era of political thought that never was reversed once he left office. I mean, the only way Bill Clinton even got elected was by professing his belief in a “Third Way.” So, too, I suspect Trump’s successors of both the Right and the Left will have to work within a new world of Trump’s creation.

Interestingly, this was pretty much inevitable. Baby Boomers are an enormous segment of the electorate and as they grow old and conservative, they force the country towards the Right with them. But, thankfully, they aren’t going to live forever and at some point enough of them will mosey on to the big Grateful Dead concert in the sky that younger, more liberal and diverse voters will finally get a chance for their views to be heard.

Too bad I’ll be an extremely old man by the point. But it’s my only hope at this point. We’re in for a bumpy ride the next few years and I’ll take anything I can that gives me some reason to keep hope alive.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

The Hill & Its Trollish Clickbait, ‘Stopping Robert Mueller’

by Shelton Bumgarner

The Hill, what Capitol staffers read on the john when they are done reading Politico, should be ashamed of itself for publishing the complete and total bullshit article “Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all.” This article, written weirdly by former Clintonite Mark Penn, is obviously a stalking horse for the current political strategy of Trump and his demon spawn Rudy Giuliani. It is embarrassing to read something that is so comical in its effort to make us believe that the evil “Deep State” is “desperate” to bring down Trump. Penn writes:

With this report on the way and congressional investigators beginning to zero in on the lack of hard, verified evidence for starting the Trump probe, current and former intelligence and Justice Department officials are dumping everything they can think of to save their reputations.

A quick Google search belies this dumb accusation. If anything, Mueller has been quite successful in the last year and he has plenty of reason to keep going in the days, weeks and, if need be, years ahead.

Here’s some more.

But it is backfiring. They started by telling the story of Alexander Downer, an Australian diplomat, as having remembered a bar conversation with George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign. But how did the FBI know they should talk to him? That’s left out of their narrative. Downer’s signature appears on a $25 million contribution to the Clinton Foundation. You don’t need much imagination to figure that he was close with Clinton Foundation operatives who relayed information to the State Department, which then called the FBI to complete the loop. This wasn’t intelligence. It was likely opposition research from the start.

To quote Hillary Clinton during the Bengazhi hearings, “What difference does it make?”

So what if it was oppo. That doesn’t change the fact that Trump may have colluded with a hostile foreign power to rig a presidential election. It makes me apoplectic that this trash that was spewed out of the FOX News Bullshit Mountain even got written. This is all part of a concerted effort on the part of the Trump – Giuliani nexus to prepare us all for God-only-knows-what.

Even more bullshit:

Time and time again, investigators came up empty. Even several sting operations with an FBI spy we just learned about failed to produce a Delorean-like video with cash on the table. But rather than close the probe, the deep state just expanded it. All they had were a few isolated contacts with Russians and absolutely nothing related to Trump himself, yet they pressed forward. Egged on by Steele, they simply believed Trump and his team must be dirty. They just needed to dig deep enough.

If the fate of the Republic wasn’t at stake, I would laugh. But the time for us to laugh about Trump’s corruption and obstruction is very much over. What’s weird to me is people are willing to engulf themselves in the flames of the Trump pier for, what? Access to power? I mean, really, it’s not like VP Mike Pence is going to really change anything. In fact, if you’re all that concerned about “owning libs,” Pence has an actual ideology that Trump lacks. As Jim Comey confidant Benjamin Wittes famously quipped Trump is “malevolence mitigated only by his incompetence.” Pence is competent and would have an ideology beyond whatever he happened to spew in a tweet that morning.

Here more from the piece that leaves me astonished at its tone-deafness.

This process must now be stopped, preferably long before a vote in the Senate. Rather than a fair, limited and impartial investigation, the Mueller investigation became a partisan, open-ended inquisition that, by its precedent, is a threat to all those who ever want to participate in a national campaign or an administration again.

I am not the type of person to protest. But I can tell you for a fact that if “this….process…stopped” in the guise of Trump firing Robert Mueller without cause I will hit the streets. I would like to think other like-minded people would join me. I am not so naive as to think it would really matter in the end — even well-heeled people are apologists for Trump and the system is so broken that the book The Plot Against America is starting to look more like a documentary as opposed to a counter-factual novel. But this bullshit by Penn doesn’t exactly help the situation.

This part is spews so directly from the dark recesses of the surreal bullshit factory that runs the country right now that I feel astonished it was published.

The president’s lawyers need to extend their new aggressiveness from words to action, filing complaints with Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility on the failure of Mueller and Rosenstein to recuse themselves, and going into court to question the tactics of the special counsel, from selective prosecutions on unrelated matters, illegally seizing Government Services Administration emails, covering up the phone texts of FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, and operating without a scope approved by the attorney general. (The regulations call for the attorney general to recuse himself from the investigation but appear to still leave him responsible for the scope.)

The emails between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are widely seen as a non-issue by anyone who hasn’t drunk the Trump Koolaide and it’s embarrassing that The Hill would allow a writer to even mention it. Maybe the “secret society” was off the day they decided to publish it.

Mueller has done more than enough in the last year to prove he has earned the right to be left alone for the foreseeable future. Let’s just see where this leads. If we are still a Republic and not a “managed democracy” like they have in Russia, we have to do that. Trump may want to be an American Caligula, but I’d like to think we haven’t reached that point yet. I still have hope that America’s over two centuries of experimenting in self-rule hasn’t failed yet.

If we follow Penn’s advice, we are little more than a banana republic where rules and laws change at the whim of the Dear Leader. So, if anything, we have to protect Robert Mueller to protect ourselves, not the opposite.

Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He can be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.

V-Log: The Left Doesn’t Take The Insanity Of The Right Serious Enough

by Shelton Bumgarner

I go into a lot of detail about my thoughts on this matter in this video.


A Little Idle Speculating: Of ‘Incels & Sexbots’

by Shelton Bumgarner

One of the things that makes me embarrassed to be a man — and a single middle-aged man at that — is the rise of the notion of the “incel,” or “involuntary celibate.” Not content with being insane racists in the guise of the alt-right, the surreal people who inhabit the far, far, far, far Right now want to add gross misogyny to their bag of tricks as well.

It doesn’t take a lot of navel gazing to imagine a future in which the government out of exasperation will start to ship sexbots to incels to shut them up, if nothing else. This idea came to me when someone said the government will eventually force women to have sex with incels. That didn’t make any sense to me, but the idea that at some point sexbots will be so human-like that they might meet the demands of incels seems much more likely.

I once met a guy online who took extreme pleasure in wallowing in the most horrible of ethical quandaries and this seems like it would be right up his alley. I could see a future in which the rights of sexbots are decided in large part because incels treat them so poorly — and the sexbots have become so intelligent — that society collectively decides that something has to be done.

At least, that’s what I think might happen.

Of The Mad King: We’re In A Constitutional Crisis

by Shelton Bumgarner

Stupid Watergate has finally reached a level of seriousness where we have to stop making fun of it and sit up and take notice at the gravity of the situation. For some time now, there has been talk of this or that dumb thing Trump has done causing us to be in a Constitutional Crisis.

Today’s insane tweet on the part of Trump “demanding” an investigation into what may or may not have happened during the 2016 presidential campaign is the final straw. We’re in a Constitutional Crisis now. The logic of Trump’s legal team is so completely twisted and bonkers that it gives me a headache.

The point is not to determine the facts of the case, the point is to give the Trump base talking points they can use to “own” liberals. This, even though they’ve finally veered off any connection to the facts and now are dealing almost exclusively in lies and misinterpretations.

If the Deep State was so eager to hurt the Trump campaign, why would they keep things quiet via the use of an informant when it came to Trump while they released the second Comey letter just days before the November election. Why is this so difficult to understand.

It’s so difficult to understand for some — if not all — Trump supporters because they are comfortable with Trump’s policies, the economy is humming and in real terms they’re more concerned about their kid’s soccer scores than they are as something as complex as a Constitutional Crisis. They just don’t care. And not until they have a personal interest in all of this will they have an opinion on way or another.

So, I have a bad feeling about this. I suspect Trump is going to do serious damage to Constitutional norms, or democracy and our country. This all goes back to who is going to be Trump’s successor and how he or she addresses all this damage. Are they going to go back to what we expect in all these things, or are they going to use the damage Trump has done has an excuse to redefine what is acceptable behavior on the part of our leaders?

Pressing Questions About Shera Bechard & Elliot Broidy #Resist #MeToo

Editor’s Note: While the logic of it being Trump and not Broidy holds up, new evidence has come to light that I’m not able to disclose that makes at least more likely that it was Broidy after all. But as I keep saying, the SDNY may have the proof one way or another.

by Shelton Bumgarner

Here are some questions I have right now:

1. Why is there no evidence that Broidy even knows Bechard?
2. Why is Davidson, who is connected to two other women who claim to have had an affair with Donald Trump, involved in this matter at all? Isn’t that odd?
3. What was Bechard’s state of mind at the time of her abortion?
4. When she locked down her social media accounts, was she scrubbing evidence of a connection to Broidy or to Trump?
5. Why does Bechard’s lawyer, Stris, give a shit about anything I have to say?
6. What does the Southern District of New York know?
7. Because of the Davidson and Cohen connections, among other things, logic says it was Trump, not Broidy who had the affair. Will it even matter if it was Trump? Or are we all doomed?

It seems as though nothing I do is going to make any difference. For a few hours on Friday, I thought I just happened to contact the right reporter that they would look into this story and we’d find out one way or another if it was Elliot Broidy or Donald Trump who had the affair with Shera Bechard. But I’m starting to think we’ll never know and even if we do, it won’t really matter. The only issue at this point is if it was Trump, what Ms. Bechard’s state of mind was at the time of the abortion. That is a very curious question that needs to be answered, regardless of who the father is.

As I keep saying, I think if it ever comes out, it’ll come out because of the Southern District of New York’s investigations and nothing else. I think it’s all kind of a moot point for the time being. It’s fun to speculate and talk about, but I would need something a lot closer to a smoking gun like a picture, or a Little Blue Dress before I got too excited.

I think all of this is more about me struggling to get some closure, at least for the time being, more than anything else. Unless something big happens, I have more pressing issues in front of me than worrying about a theory I can’t prove. What’s worse, even if it’s proven it doesn’t mean anything will happen. The Religious Right, the people who would bring Trump down if they got fed up with him, don’t seem like they’re going to do that even if Trump pressured someone into having an abortion. Not that I have any evidence that he did, but I do have suspicions.

I have no credibility and no one listens to me, so, really, what’s the point. I really admire my friend’s ability to dig up clues on social media when it comes to Shera Bechard, but he continues to find stuff that could either prove or disprove the theory we’re thinking about. It’s really fun-interesting watching him work, but I have got to start working on my novel and looking for a job. I really hope he finally proves his theory to be correct, but it may take a while even if someone else gets involved.

What gets me is that the Wall Street Journal broke the story a few months ago without any evidence that Elliot Broidy even knows Shera Bechard. That’s weird. It wasn’t under later in the day after they released the story that they added the name to the story. But they didn’t release any evidence that it was Bechard that Broidy had the affair with. If one wanted to be really paranoid, you could say that was the plan all along — get the story out there then a little later release the name to deflect attention from the fact that there was no proof to back up the connection.

Let’s get a little Ready Player One on this statement released after the Wall Street Journal article. Why did he mention that she was a Playboy Playmate? One could speculate he was stroking the ego of Trump. That this statement was more for Trump’s consumption than anyone else’s.

Ok, why does Keith Davidson pop up AGAIN. There are at least two other women connected to TRUMP — Stormy Daniels being one of them — who’s lawyer was at one point Keith Davidson. This connection is just really, really weird. Strange. Spooky.

That Cohen–Davidson connection is really off-the-chart odd. Why is no one else a little rattled by this connection? Isn’t it odd? I wish someone with a little bit more resources than me and my friend might do so digging on this matter. But because of the sorry state of political reporting — not to mention how lazy bloggers have become — I think for the time being there’s not much to see here. The whole thing is tantalizing, yes, but like I said, it’s all so nebulous that while logic says it’s Trump, we lack so much hard information that it could be Broidy as well. When Bechard locked down and scrubbed her social media, she may been eliminating evidence of any connection not to Trump, but of Broidy.

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