Most attorneys would jump at the chance to represent the president of the United States, either as White House counsel or privately. To do so can elevate a lawyer to the upper ranks of a handful of attorneys who can name their own rates and choose their own clients. However, in the case of Donald Trump, a combination of his own disagreeable personality, failure to pay his attorneys’ fees, perverted sexual history, and conflicts of interest have turned him into a pariah as a client for most lawyers.
In the latest bizarre decision of Trump, he approved the hiring of a Disney teen dance show star named Caroline Sunshine [pictured, left] to be a press assistant at the White House. Sunshine is a 22-year old blonde whose only political experience has been as a member of her high school’s model United Nations team, an intern for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and a college activist for the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute. It is not Sunshine’s shallow experience in politics that has Washington talking about Trump’s latest move, but her resemblance to first daughter Ivanka Trump. [pictured, right] If Trump thought replacing Stormy on the front pages with Sunshine might clear up the foul political weather in Washington, he was sorely mistaken.
On more than one occasion, Trump has revealed to individuals and entire radio and television audiences an incestuous sexual attraction to his daughter. Columnist Richard Cohen wrote in a Washington Post column in 2016 that when Ivanka was 13-years old, Trump asked someone that Cohen knows, “Is it wrong to be more sexually attracted to your own daughter than your wife?” That part was later edited out of Cohen’s column by Post management. When Ivanka was hosting the 1997 Miss Teen USA pageant, Trump turned to the reigning Miss Universe, Brook Antoinette Mahealani Lee, and asked, “Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?”
In 2003, Trump said the following on the air about Ivanka to radio shock jock Howard Stern, “she’s got the best body.” In 2004, Trump was back on Stern’s show, saying that his daughter was, “A piece of ass.” Appearing on ABC’s The View in 2006, Trump, answering a question about whether he would approve of his daughter posing for Playboy, responded, “I’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.” In an appearance on the Dr. Oz show in 2016, Trump was heard by studio personnel stating he kisses Ivanka “with every chance [he] gets.” Just as with Richard Cohen’s column for The Washington Post, this statement was edited out.
Trump’s incestuous attraction to his daughter did not stop with these very public statements. During their 2006 tryst in a Lake Tahoe hotel suite, Trump, who was married to Melania at the time, told then-27-year old porn actress Stormy Daniels, aka Stephanie Clifford, “Wow, you—you are special. You remind me of my daughter.” That same year, during a 10-month affair with Playboy model Karen McDougal, Trump constantly told her that she was like his daughter Ivanka.
According to Michael Wolff’s book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” White House staffers were puzzled over Trump’s relationships with both Ivanka and departed White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, a former model. Wolff wrote that the staffers referred to Ivanka as the president’s “real wife” and Hicks as the president’s “real daughter.” There are reports that Mr. Trump was intensely jealous when he discovered that his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House personal assistant Rob Porter were dating Hicks. Perhaps Trump’s “real daughter” reminded him too much of his “real wife.”
We’ll have to wait until next year for Dr. Justin Frank’s book, “Trump on the Couch,” the third in a series of books by the clinical professor of psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center on his psychoanalysis of recent presidents. But, based on Trump’s history of comments about his daughter, it is safe to assume that he has an unnatural and quite incestuous sexual attraction to her.
And all of this puts into context a story related to WMR by a source in New York familiar with the case. In 1997, the same year Trump asked Miss Universe if she thought 15-year old Ivanka was “hot,” five waiters working at Trumps Grill, the steakhouse located in the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, allegedly witnessed Trump sexually groping Ivanka under the table. “His hand was up his daughter’s skirt,” was the comment of one witness. As employees of Trumps Grill and, given the Mafia-like conditions working for the Trump Organization, the waiters were afraid to say anything at the time.
This incident, combined with all the comments made by Trump about his daughter, as well as his and his friend Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged 1994 rape of 13-year old Katie Johnson and 12-year old Maria—the latter abducted from a street in Waterbury, Connecticut, the year before—have made Trump the “client from hell” for most attorneys. Trump’s current defense team consists of a Mafia-like personal attorney, Michael Cohen; White House counsel Don McGahn, who is reportedly eager to leave his post; McGahn’s colleague, Ty Cobb, who also reportedly wants out; right-wing constitutional lawyer Jay Sekulow; and Trump’s newest addition, Dr. Andrew Ekonomou, the assistant district attorney of Brunswick, Georgia, who also has a doctorate in medieval history. Ekonomou replaced Washington insider John Dowd, who was fired by Trump.
Perhaps it was wise for Trump to bring Ekonomou, an expert on ancient history, onto his legal team. Surely, Ekonomou is familiar with the incest practiced by the Roman Emperor Caligula and the mythological incestuous relationship between the sibling Greek gods Hera and Zeus, which produced many children. While state laws on incest vary, every state criminalizes sex between an adult and a minor, whether or not the minor is an offspring. However, every major religion considers incest to be an abominable sin. It is the sleaziness that surrounds Trump that has made him toxic to most attorneys in Washington.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).