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I watch this American story with a sense of wonder. There’s the pack in full cry after Donald Trump over a rumour that he had a child out of wedlock. There are two sources of this perplexity of mine. The first being that we know very well that Trump has had a child out of wedlock, it’s there in every biography of the man. The second is quite who it is doing the pursuing – exactly those who would scream blue discrimination if you ever used the word “bastard” to describe someone’s status at birth.

But on it goes:

Why the new National Enquirer story matters — whether or not Trump had a child outside of marriage

To take the second reason first. We’ve had something of a change in society these past few decades. True, it’s a little more notable over here in Europe than it is in the US but it’s still most certainly there. That a child is born outside marriage just isn’t quite what it was. It’s hardly even notable these days. Being “illegitimate” or a “bastard” just isn’t what it was. This is a useful and good change to society of course. What perplexes though is that exactly those who support this change – those generally of the left – are the ones hoping to use this rumour to their benefit.

Look, if it doesn’t matter then it doesn’t matter, right?

The other point is that of course we know, entirely so, that Trump has had a child out of wedlock. Two in fact. According to the Catholic Church at least – still by far the largest religious organisation upon the planet* – the marriage to Ivana and only the marriage to Ivana is in fact a marriage. Given that she’s still walking and talking any children born to any others by Trump are illegitimate therefore. And it’s really not all that long ago that they would have been treated as such too.

I’ll agree that I’m not up with all the details of Trump’s personal life but by my estimates that makes the last two born out of wedlock.

*Yes, it is, Islam isn’t centrally organised in the same manner

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Tim Worstall
Tim has written for most of the British newspapers. The Times, Daily Telegraph, Express, Independent, Guardian and even, as a ghostwriter, for the Daily Sport. That last being the real badge of honour of course. He's also written for a number of American papers, The WSJ, NYT, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Washington Examiner. Magazine work includes some years at Forbes Online and The Register. Takimag, PandoDaily, CapX, Adam Smith Institute, and there is more out there available to the dedicated searcher.

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So far, various outlets have documented at least three separate instances in which people close to the president made a concentrated effort to scrub damaging stories and portray the then-candidate in a more positive light, ahead of pivotal moments along the campaign.

I am shocked – shocked! – that a political candidate would do such a thing.

It’s interesting how nobody’s talking about “Russian collusion” anymore, no? The new narrative is… Trump likes having sex with women. Well, good luck with that, lefties.

Southerner
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It’s what used to be called yellow journalism. I rather like it. I have too many Facebook friends and need a good excuse to get rid of some. Hypocrisy is always a good excuse.

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It’s being persued by the left because they assume that Republicans care. The fact that Mr. Trump got elected shows that that is no longer true, or at least that Republicans now have other priorities, but it’s a line that has worked so often that it’s now habitual. Plus of course leftists are terrible about understanding what non leftists think or believe. The big mystery is why Putin plotted to get Trump into office. He doesn’t sound too pleased with the results, is that an act? Or was it just a lie to cover the fact that Hillary hadn’t and… Read more »

Spike
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The end of “illegitimacy” is welcome as it stops tarnishing children for things they didn’t do. It is unwelcome when it treats having babies without being married as no big deal (when government doesn’t treat it as a “broken home” calling out for issuance of a monthly check). In fact, having babies without being married is a formula for continuing inner-city poverty and producing another generation with no understanding of how societies work, as a child sees his father deal peaceably with a white cop with a gun. That Trump is not a saint is well-known. The difference is that… Read more »