As America awaits the 60 Minutes interview with President Trump’s porn star mistress, set to air on CBS this Sunday evening, we were treated to a matinee of sorts with his playmate mistress today on CNN.
It didn’t take long for things to get creepy.
Anderson Cooper scored the interview with Karen McDougal, the former Playboy Playmate who alleges that she had a 10-month consensual sexual affair with Donald Trump in 2006 – while he was married to Melania.
Cooper didn’t waste any time diving into the sordid details. About halfway into the sit-down interview, he asked McDougal if Trump ever compared her to any of his kids, as he allegedly did with his porn star mistress, Stormy Daniels.
“He’s very proud of Ivanka,” McDougal said, “as he should be. I mean, she’s a brilliant woman. She’s beautiful. She’s… that’s his daughter and he should be proud of her. He said I was beautiful like her and, you know, ‘you’re a smart girl.'”
“There wasn’t a lot of comparisons,” she continued, “but there was some.”
As the interview aired, CNN flashed an older photo taken at a Playboy Mansion party that shows Trump, Melania and Ivanka posing with a group of Playboy Bunnies, including McDougal.
Later in her sit down with Cooper, McDougal offered an apology directly to Melania Trump. “What can you say?” she said, holding back tears. “I’m Sorry.”
McDougal has been trying to tell her story since at least October of 2016. That’s when she sold the exclusive rights of her alleged affair to American Media, Inc, owners of the National Enquirer, just before the 2016 election for $150,000. But her account was never published, not in the Enquirer or in any other publication owned by American Media.
David Pecker, the CEO of American Media, is a close personal friend of Donald Trump’s, and many believe he bought the story precisely to kill it to protect Trump on the eve of the election. Because American Media had the exclusive rights, McDougal was not allowed to speak about it with any other media outlet, and the affair remained nothing more than alleged rumor.
McDougal feels emboldened to speak out now because she’s suing American Media. She’s asking a judge to nullify the exclusive agreement because she says they’ve failed to live up to their end of the deal.
You can watch McDougal’s mind-blowing revelation about Trump comparing her to Ivanka below.
Asked if Trump ever compared her to his kids, McDougal's answer is very uncomfortable.
"He's very proud of Ivanka. As he should be. I mean, she's a brilliant woman. She's beautiful… He said I was beautiful like her and, you know, you're a smart girl." pic.twitter.com/XZPDyxwoJZ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 23, 2018