Marie Harf on Stormy Interview: Republicans Said for Years That 'Morality' Matters
On "Outnumbered" on Monday, former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie and Fox News contributor Marie Harf debated President Trump's alleged affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels.
Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, spoke out about the alleged affair in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, alleging that she was threatened by a man who approached her in Las Vegas after she sold her story about her purported 2006 sexual encounter with Trump.
Last week, records were released that showed Daniels passed a 2011 polygraph test in which she claimed she had unprotected sex with Trump. The news came on the heels of former Playboy model Karen McDougal suing to be released from a 2016 agreement requiring her to keep quiet about an alleged dalliance with Trump with similar details.
Not long after the magazine story was killed, Stormy Daniels says she was threatened by a man who approached her in Las Vegas. “A guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’” pic.twitter.com/JMskKQiYCi
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) March 25, 2018
Bossie said Americans are sick of these salacious stories, which he argued are only in the news because the left and the mainstream media have been unable to prove the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.
"Female voters care about this," Harf fired back, adding that for years she has been told by Republicans that personal morality matters.
"They have told me that over and over and over again," Harf said. "Suddenly, all those people who told me personal morality mattered don't seem to think it's a big problem now, with Donald Trump having multiple affairs."
She pointed out that even some evangelical leaders have spoken out in support of Trump, which she argued is because they like his policies.
"Either morality matters or it doesn't," she stated.
Bossie said Democrats are guilty of a double standard, pointing out that the same people who defended former President Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal are now attacking Trump.
"The difference there was, it was while he was president, it was an intern at the White House and he lied about it under oath," Bossie said.
Harf noted some legal experts have suggested that Trump may be deposed as part of civil litigation surrounding his alleged affairs.
"There's a chance that at some point Donald Trump will have to go under oath on this issue," Harf said. "And he better tell the truth then."