Karen McDougal was a pre-kindergarten teacher who entered a swimsuit contest. That was the first domino in a chain of events that culminated in the 2016 Presidential Election. The Playboy bikini contest resulted in a test session with experienced photographer David Mecey. McDougal would go on to win Miss December 1997 and Playmate of the Year in 1998.
According to McDougal, she first met Donald Trump at the Playboy Mansion in 2006. That would lead to a ten-month affair that ended in 2007. For context, Trump married his third wife Melania in 2005. McDougal initially told friends about the affair but the story largely stayed out of the mainstream news. That was until Donald Trump announced he was running for President. This led AMI, the parent company of right-wing media outlet National Enquirer, to conduct an hours-long interview with McDougal. Furthermore, McDougal was paid $150,000 for her story but National Enquirer never published the story. Now McDougal has given an exclusive interview to The Daily Mail.
McDougal Paints New Picture Of Trump
McDougal’s first comments to the Mail were a reassertion that the affair did indeed happen. “His people have denied it, but he’s never denied it,” she said. “A reporter asked him: ‘Did you have an affair with Karen McDougal?’ and all he said was: ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’ He knows I’m telling the truth.” Furthermore, as she has claimed in the past, their fling was more than casual. “I was in love with him. He was in love with me. I know that because he told me all the time. He’d say ‘You’re my baby and I love you’. He showed me off to his friends. I’m portrayed as the disgruntled woman, but I am not that woman. I ended it,” she says.
However, the most notable of McDougal’s comments were ones that painted Trump in a brand-new light. Trump has always been dismissive of the women he engaged in extramarital dealings with. He called porn star Stormy Daniels “horse face” while calling journalist E Carroll Jean, who has accused Trump of rape, a “wack job”. “He followed me around like a puppy dog, trying to get my attention,’ she says. ‘He took to me so much that the Bunny Mother said: ‘Wow, he really has a thing for you’. I was saying goodbye and he was standing next to his bodyguard Keith Schiller and he said, ‘Keith, get her number.’.” The former president is yet to respond to the new interview.