If there’s one thing Donald Trump knows, it’s leverage. The topic is discussed extensively in The Art of Deal and was a recurring theme throughout the billionaire’s presidential campaign. Whether it was upstaging Ted Cruz at last summer’s Republican National Convention or nixing an appearance at the seventh primary debate to host a fundraiser for veterans, Trump is a master of using his opponent’s leverage against them, turning psychological judo into showmanship. Nowhere is that more clear than in the realm of media.
David Cay Johnston — taking part in a panel discussion on “The Last Word” Tuesday evening — accused first lady Melania Trump of doing “sneaky porn.”
Johnston, host Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow were poring over the two pages Maddow made public earlier that evening, when O’Donnell noted Trump “has wages and salary income, which is unusual for someone in his case.”