I feel I absolutely, 100% know the truth — Elliot Broidy got Shera Bechard pregnant and she had an abortion, getting $1.6 million along the way. That’s it, end of story, let’s move on, why we even talking about this anymore.
Having said that, I really have nothing else to think about right this second, so let’s indulge a bit of flight of fancy and talk a little bit about what I call the #FOTUS theory — that Donald Trump got Shera Bechard pregnant and via his fixer Michael Cohen, forced her into having an abortion for $1.6 million, using Elliot Broidy as a fall guy along the way.
Let me be clear as possible — this did not happen.
But I can see why some people might still think it happened. It’s one of those things where it makes so much sense from a logical standpoint that it’s difficult not to think it to be true, even when you know for a fact it isn’t at all what happened. The reason why it seems so logical is the people involved.
For me, the crux of any remaining doubt — which there is near zero at this point — is the fact that Bechard would randomly, out of the blue pick Keith Davidson as her lawyer. That’s just spooky. It’s really, really spooky. And, honestly, if you put a gun to my head, I might scream out that I think she’s lying and she probably got recommended Davidson in some murky way via Cohen. But even if that were the case, that any remaining suspicion that it was Trump comes up against the cold hard fact that there’s no there there.
Everyone who looks into this and seemingly finds out the “truth” tells me it was Broidy.
And, honestly, three things have happened to shone light AGAIN on to the #FOTUS theory.
1. Broidy stopped paying Bechard her money because he claims Davidson broke the NDA (probably by talking to Michael Avenatti about what happened.)
2. Donald Trump is widely expected to appoint an judge to SCOTUS who specifically will vote to overthrow Roe V. Wade.
3. SDNY got the first 1 million files from Trump personal fixer Michael Cohen.
So, it’s pretty obvious that the stage is set for something pretty jaw dropping if there is, in fact, anything to the #FOTUS theory, which there isn’t. There just isn’t. It’s a non-issue. And, if you wanted to get all nitty-gritty about it, all that is happening is we have a window of uncertainty generated by Broidy stopping payment and the amount of time it takes for the SDNY to comb through an enormous number of files.
Really, it’s just a matter of a few days. I would give this uncertainty maybe — at most — about a week. Bechard’s lawyer Peter K. Stris will sue and either Bechard gets her money or she doesn’t. I absolutely feel I know that it was Broidy to such an extent that I would literally have to have concrete factually proven proof of it being Trump before I would even consider anything I heard on the matter that might be supposed to change my mind.
But again, it’s not difficult to imagine the single biggest jaw-dropping event of my adult life outside of 9/11 unfolding pretty easily. Trump names someone to SCOTUS and within days (minutes?) audio or something else, is leaked giving us definitive proof that Cohen and Davidson pressured Bechard into having an abortion.
Now, I think it’s a damning scandal if this happened and Broidy was the father. But that’s not how the world works. It might get a little traction from the usual suspects on the Left, but it’s really already baked into the cake at this point and would, overall, generate a big meh.
Of course, if the ultimate bombshell happened, the one that would make me scream in shock occurred, that of proof that it was, in fact, Trump and not Broidy who got Bechard pregnant and forced her to have an abortion for $1.6 million…well, that would leave my head spinning for a few hours. It would be difficult for me to process because the things that would have to be true for that to happen would seriously mess with my mind.
If that happened just as we were starting SCOTUS nominee proceedings, the country would be torn apart. It would make the Access Hollywood Tape incident look pretty quaint and wholesome. Twitter would probably crash from the rage.
But that is all a liberal fever dream. As I keep saying, there’s no there there. Trump will appoint someone, they’ll be confirmed and Roe will be overturned pretty dramatically within the next 18 months. #FOTUS will fade into the darkness and just be something that makes me wince whenever I think about how invested I became in it.
Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.