Trump’s Porn Problem

This is the transcript of episode seven of The LAVA Spurt podcast. You can listen to the audio of this Podcast episode here:

 

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This is the seventh episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Trump Porn Edition, where we talk about Trump’s hypocrisy with porn.

Donald Trump has become the first presidential candidate to sign an anti-pornography pledge, promising to crack down on obscenity, the first ever such internet anti-porn presidential pledge in history.

Enough is Enough

Donna Rice Hughes, the president of the anti-porn group Enough is Enough, which drew the vow up had this to say. “Mr. Trump’s leadership and commitment to uphold the rule of law is demonstrated by his signing of the Children’s Internet Safety Presidential Pledge. Making the internet safer for children and families is a critical step in making America safe again.”

Hillary Clinton declined to sign, with campaign officials saying she has a policy against signing pledges. Gary Johnson did not reply to the request to sign. Finally something Gary got right! The Washington Examiner mentioned that Gary Johnson hadn’t signed the pledge by calling him “independent presidential candidate Gary Johnson.” Hm. Maybe someone should have fact checked that one a bit before releasing.

The pledge does not actually require any action at all but instead encourages moves to fight porn, including the creation of a presidential commission to study the issue. The heart of the promise says that the president will prosecute existing obscenity laws by “appointing an Attorney General who will make the prosecution of such laws a top priority in my administration.” Maybe this is the way that Trump will finally be able to get rid of that pesky porn spoof produced by Larry Flynt called, “The Donald.” At least Flynt sent Trump a free copy of the movie!

The pledge also asks the candidate, if elected, to “establish public-private partnerships with Corporate America to step up voluntary efforts to reduce the threat of the Internet-enabled sexual exploitation of children by the implementation of updated corporate policies and viable technology tools and solutions.”

Interestingly, though, Enough is Enough has had some success completely outside of the force of government in this area. They recently persuaded McDonald’s to filter porn site from their free wifi hot spots in their restaurants. Starbucks, as well, responded to Enough is Enough’s call to do they same, and they announced a worldwide ban on porn on their wifi in stores as well. Seems to me they should stick to the voluntary route, and leave the government out of it completely.

But, Michael Lucas, a self-identified gay conservative and CEO of the gay porn company Lucas Entertainment, thinks Trump should focus on obscenity in other places, saying, “If Trump is actually concerned about protecting Americans from obscenity, he may want to earnestly consider that suggestion to delete his Twitter account.”

Melania Trump’s porn problem

Although the pledge was actually signed on July 16th, the release was held off until after the RNC and DNC conventions to get maximum press coverage, but the timing is pretty bad. The very day before the news of Trump signing this pledge came out, The New York Post released some very risque pictures of wanna-be first lady Melania Trump, Donald Trumps’s wife. These pictures were taken in 1995 and released in the January 1996 issue of Max Magazine, three years prior to her marriage to The Donald, and they are pretty hot, I must say. Some of the images are lesbian-themed, with her in a completely nude embrace with Scandinavian model Emma Eriksson.

The question is, though, if Donald is married to a woman who has modeled for what amounts to pornographic images of herself, how can he be so against porn as an art form? And, before you say not all nude images are porn, see what happens to you if you have an image of a girl under the age of consent in the same poses as Melania is in the images. You would be convicted of… child porn.

I’m the first to say the images of Melania are very tasteful and sexy, and in no way include any sexual acts of any nature, but there are some standards that would define the image of her and Eriksson together as porn. As United States Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart described his threshold test for obscenity in Jacobellis v. Ohio, “I know it when I see it.” Well, I’m glad we had such a person as that on the Supreme Court, who was so prescient that he just knew it when he saw it, with no personal bias at all, of course.

Of course, The Donald is a compete hypocrite here. I think this entire pledge signing stinks of pandering and Trump doing whatever it takes to get the conservative Christian vote. He knows that if he can’t get that base out to vote, he has absolutely no chance of beating Hillary. Expect to see much more of this sort of pandering to the Christian right over the next three months.

And speaking of the next three months, there are now less than 100 days until the election. Thank Rothbard! I know you’re just as sick of this as I am. There is light at the end of the tunnel, though.

Until next time… keep striking the root!

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Rodger Paxton
Rodger Paxton
Rodger, who runs the LAVA Flow Podcast, is a long-time libertarian activist and former Chairman and Secretary of the Libertarian Party of Arkansas. Rodger and his wife Jessica are Free State Project movers who unschool their children at home.