By Shawn Rice
Stormy Daniels saying President Donald Trump ordered little pizzas as toppings on a regular-sized pizza in their meeting is satire. There is no truth to a transcript circulating social media of the porn star’s interview suggesting that the ultimate sign of wealth is demanding “tiny pizzas” as a topping.
The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that in 2016, Trump’s longtime attorney Michael Cohen had arranged for a payment of $130,000 to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, to prevent her from publicizing an alleged sexual account that had occurred a decade earlier with the then-candidate. He paid her, according to the Journal, through a bank account linked to company called Essential Consultants LLC, which he set up in Delaware a month before the presidential election.
Where did this fake transcript originate? Author and humorist Justin Halpern shared a screenshot on Twitter in January 2018, allegedly showing juicy details in an excerpt from the In Touch interview with Stormy Daniels about her alleged affair that she had with Trump:
The sex stuff in the Trump-Stormy Daniels interview is bizarre but I think this is by far the weirdest thing in the whole transcript: pic.twitter.com/MhWGyaDctX
— Justin Halpern (@justin_halpern) January 19, 2018
However, the above transcript was doctored. Snopes noted that the highlighted text in the doctored screenshot does not actually appear in the actual transcript of Stormy Daniel’s interview. However, in the real transcript, Daniels says she does not remember what Trump ordered for dinner.
Here is a comparison of the genuine transcript (left) and the fake transcript (right) provided by Snopes:
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake transcript on social media.
Of course, if that were the case, we all know Trump loves Pizza Hut as seen in this 1995 commercial.
This is not the first time that something with regards to Trump was doctored. The cartoonist Ben Ward, who tweets from the account @PixelatedBoat, shared an alleged excerpt from Michael Wolff’s White House exposé, “Fire and Fury.” In that fake excerpt, it said that Trump’s aides had created a “gorilla channel” so that the TV-loving president could watch gorillas fighting – sometimes for 17 hours straight.
The Guardian reported that a number of people fell for the joke. It was retweeted more than 26,500 times and liked more than 88,000 times, and many of them took it seriously. And MSNBC contributor Scott Dworkin shared the tweet though he later, said that he absolutely did not “get fooled” into tweeting it.
In related news, Common Cause, a nonpartisan watchdog group has filed complaints with both the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Election Commission alleging that the reported payment to Stormy Daniels violates campaign finance laws and should be subject to an investigation.
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