As former adult film star Stormy Daniels filed suit against President Donald Trump this week, claiming the nondisclosure agreement preventing her from speaking about their intimate relationship is invalid, Republicans have been mum about the matter.
But one Republican congressman is calling out his party for their hypocrisy.
Congressman Mark Sanford of South Carolina noted that Republicans would have been up in arms about the scandal if it involved a Democratic president paying a pornstar $130,000 to keep quiet about their affair. Sanford told the Washington Post’s Erica Werner he found the story “deeply troubling.”
“That having been said what we can’t do in the body politic is whitewash the past or be purely tribal in our thinking,” Sanford said. “If it was a Democratic president and hush money had been paid in the campaign, would there be a series of hearings going on.”
Some fuller comments from GOP Rep. Mark Sanford regarding Stormy Daniels pic.twitter.com/4bOJUhQUk1
— Erica Werner (@ericawerner) March 7, 2018
Sanford honed in on the $130,000 paid to Daniels by Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen just before the 2016 presidential election in exchange for her silence. Cohen has said he paid Daniels the $130,000 but said it came from his own bank account and not campaign coffers.
“The problem now is that nobody knows nothing about nothing,” Sanford said. “It’s like $130,000 went but we don’t acknowledge anything. The two don’t go together. And so as I say, it’s either hush money, which we should all be concerned about whether in a campaign cycle or in elected office.”
Sanford had a sex scandal of his own in 2009 when he briefly disappeared while serving as governor of South Carolina. Sanford initially claimed he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, but later acknowledged he had gone with his mistress to Argentina.