Could this have anything to do with Falwell’s early endorsement of Donald Trump?
Courtesy of Reuters:
Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters.
Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy “personal” photographs — the sort that would typically be kept “between husband and wife,” Cohen said in the taped conversation.
According to a source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the person who possessed the photos destroyed them after Cohen intervened on the Falwells’ behalf.
The Falwells, through a lawyer, declined to comment for this article.
The Falwells enlisted Cohen’s help in 2015, according to the source familiar with Cohen’s thinking, the year Trump announced his presidential candidacy. At the time, Cohen was Trump’s confidant and personal lawyer, and he worked for the Trump Organization.
The Falwells wanted to keep “a bunch of photographs, personal photographs” from becoming public, Cohen told Arnold. “I actually have one of the photos,” he said, without going into specifics. “It’s terrible.”
Cohen would later prove successful in another matter involving Falwell, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Cohen helped persuade Falwell to issue his endorsement of Trump’s presidential candidacy at a critical moment, they said: just before the Iowa caucuses. Falwell subsequently barnstormed with Trump and vouched for the candidate’s Christian virtues.
I think we all know that “racy” is a euphemism for sex, so that means that somebody came into possession of photos showing at least one of the Falwells engaging in some type of sexual behavior.
How would a third party get access to those photos unless they were somehow involved in that behavior?
I am also intrigued by Cohen’s description of the photo as “terrible.” That does not seem to suggest a little S&M kink or a group sex situation, so what does it suggest?
If Cohen did indeed keep possession of that one photo it could go along way to explain why Falwell was so willing to endorse Trump early in his campaign, despite the fact that Ted Cruz announced his decision to run for president right there on the Liberty University campus.
Reuters claimed that they had no evidence that the photos and the endorsement were related, but we know that Trump uses tactics just like this to manipulate people and bend them to his will, so I would not be surprised that there was indeed a connection.
If that were true it would mean that Trump possibly used threats of blackmail to garner political support, which then raises the question of whether or not this was an isolated incident or an ongoing tactic.
Update: Oh hell, I completely forgot about that 1.8 million that Falwell gave to that pool boy for a “business venture.” (You can read more about that here are the Washington Press.)
Okay, now some things are starting to make sense.