by Shelton Bumgarner
I feel confident that the theory that Trump, not Elliot Broidy, was Shera Bechard babydaddy has been put to rest. There’s totally no there there. Any number of things might ultimately save us when it comes to our tyrant American Caligula leader, but, alas, it’s not going to be Paul Campos of New York Magazine no matter how hard he may try or we may wish it.
Having said all that, there continue to be lingering, somewhat puzzling, issues with fact that it was, in fact, Elliot Broidy who is responsible for all this pointless, useless speculation.
1. There’s no proof of a Bechard – Broidy romance.
Someone who knows a lot more about this than me says, “meh” to this, saying he’s not surprised. That doesn’t stop me from cocking an eye, tapping my noggin and saying, “Hmmm.” You’d think that there would be some proof, somewhere that would put an end to all of this continued — and unfounded — speculation. A picture, a voice mail, hell, even a text or an email. No one stray email exists between the two of them that someone could leak? What the what?
2. Bechard picking Keith Davidson to represent her.
I used to think she was lying about this, but now I don’t. But all I gotta say is, history is pretty freaky. The entire Broidy Did It theory rests on Bechard picking Davidson completely independent of Trump. Apparently, that’s what happened. Doesn’t stop me from scratching my head incredulously, but that’s actually 100% apparently what happened.
3. Broidy picking Michael Cohen to represent him.
What really gets people talking about this is not so much Keith Davidson representing Shera Bechard, but that Elliot Broidy would have the president’s personal fixer Michael Cohen represent him in this legal matter as well. Of course, we know it happened because Davidson looked up Broidy, saw he was on the RNC with Cohen and the rest took care of itself. That’s why the notion that Bechard was casually referred Davidson by a friend grows in significance every time you find yourself reviewing this issue. That Broidy “wasn’t thinking straight” when he passed over his actual lawyer (yes, I know his wife represents him in most things) to use doofus Michael Cohen in an NDA that he felt was $1.6 million’s worth of embarrassment is unusual. (At least to me.) But that, apparently, is what actually, in fact, did happen.
4. That $1.6 million figure for the NDA.
I think that’s a lot of money, and given that Broidy’s stopped paying, apparently he does, too. He’s only paid, I think, $400,000 of the total and that seems generous to me. Given who he is and how chill his wife is, I would see him being a lot more comfortable with something closer to $200,000.
5. That Broidy stopped paying Bechard.
Why would Broidy stop paying Bechard if it was so embarrassing? But not paying, he only brings the whole thing back into the news again. Broidy has a knack for doing something really stupid PR-wise that stirs the pot and gets people talking again about the very subject he doesn’t want people to talk about: his relationship to Shera Bechard. But maybe sees his romance as a given now and he just doesn’t want to spend any more money than he has to. For him, to a certain extent, this is over for him.
This is over for me, too, but I keep going for my morning walk and finding reasons to if not doubt the Broidy Did It theory, at least have cause to revisit it. But I would definitely say that barring something really astonishing dramatic in the near term, that this will fade away. Broidy had better not screw up AGAIN if he wants everyone to forget about this.
Shelton Bumgarner is a writer and photographer living in Richmond, Va. He may be reached at migukin (at) gmail (dot) com.