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POTUS Sex & Scandals

Phil Briggs
March 26, 2018 - 3:35 pm

The recent Stormy Daniels interview on CBS' 60 minutes, revealed details about an alleged sexual encounter with Donald Trump, before he was President. 

While the media may be focused on this for now, sex scandals among politicians are nothing new, and when compared to real historical events, this incident doesn't even come close to scandalous. 

Here's just a few stories about sex, scandal and our truly freaky forefathers:

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Super Freaky Ben Franklin

Though founding father Benjamin Franklin was an author, inventor and diplomat, his sex life was less than respectable. According to historians he was known to frequent the brothels of Philadelphia, London and salons in Paris. While Franklin was in London from 1757-1775, some historians believe he was a member of the Medmenham Monks, also known as the Hell Fire Club. This was a group of libertine men who were known for their rejection of religion and perverse sex parties. As noted in the book Hell Fire Clubs: A History of Anti-Morality, by Geoffery Ashe, Franklin had a close friendship with the club’s notorious founder, Francis Dashwood. Dashwood's Club secret club meetings included female “guests” a euphemism for prostitutes and members would engage in “mock religious rituals, items of a pornographic nature, much drinking, wenching and banqueting.”

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Alexander Hamilton's expensive affair

It's no wonder his face is on money...he spent a lot of it. While serving as Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton had an affair with Maria Reynolds while both were married to other people. Historians note Reynolds' husband blackmailed Hamilton who paid to keep it quiet.  But in 1797, the affair was revealed by the TMZ of the time, journalist James Callender.  Centuries later Smithsonian magazine published an article quoting Hamilton’s apology, "This confession is not made without a blush....I can never cease to condemn myself for the pang which it may inflict in a bosom eminently entitled to all my gratitude, fidelity, and love."

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Thomas Jefferson

Not only was Thomas Jefferson one of the founding fathers and the main author of our Declaration of Independence, but historians agree that he fathered the children of his slave Sally Hemings. Despite being reported by journalist James Callender (the same guy who exposed Alexander Hamilton’s affair) it did not prevent him from winning the Presidential Election of 1800. Apparently even back then, sex scandals couldn't keep a candidate from the White House.

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Making Moustaches Sexy

How did President Grover Cleveland survive the campaign? During the 1884 presidential race, a story broke about Cleveland paying child support to a widow, Maria Crofts Halpin. (For her son Oscar Folsom Cleveland, born in 1874). In an act rarely seen in modern politics, Cleveland confessed and voters were apparently satisfied, as he won the Presidential election. But his opponents chanted often  "Ma, ma, where's my pa?" at campaign stops.

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College Girls!

President Woodrow Wilson allegedly had an affair with Mary Allen Hulbert, whom he met while president of Princeton University. In a departure from the traditional description of a steamy affair, an article in the Washington Post was actually complimentary, "Theirs may have been the most proper and dignified and discreet and downright honorable illicit affair in history." Hulbert was allegedly once offered large sums of money to reveal the letters between her and the President.  And she turned the money down, instead choosing to continue keeping the secret. This is truly the exact opposite of modern day infidelity stories.

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You are the Father!

Long before these words were part of trashy TV talk shows, President Warren Harding reportedly had affairs with two women, Carrie Phillips and Nan Britton between the 1910s and the roaring 20s. Britton later wrote a best-selling book in 1927, The President's Daughter, where she claimed Harding was the father of her daughter Elizabeth. In a 2015 New York Times article, genetic tests confirmed Harding was the baby daddy. 

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Presidential Playboy

President John F Kennedy was our 35th President. But, even 50 years later, his alleged extra marital affairs are still intriguing. In 2016, People magazine reported that Kennedy was linked to affairs with even more women than originally thought. Some of the most famous stories include actress Marilyn Monroe, Judith Exner, intern Mimi Alford, Mary Pinchot-Meyer and Jill Cowan.

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President Johnson … Pun intended! 

From sexual advances in the workplace to urinating in public to taking meetings while on the toilet, LBJ was the kinkiest commander in chief!  In the book, Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, biographer Robert Caro wrote, “He early became fabled for a Rabelaisan earthiness, urinating in the parking lot of the House Office Building, as the urge took him; “if a colleague came into a Capitol bathroom as he was finishing at the urinal, he would sometimes swing around, still holding his member, which he liked to call “Jumbo.” hooting once, “Have you ever seen anything as big as this?,” and shaking it, almost in a brandishing manner as he began discoursing about some pending legislation.  And according to salon.com , LBJ competed with John Kennedy in more than politics. Referring to JFK’s sexual appetite, LBJ once claimed, "I have had more women by accident than he has had on purpose." 

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Cheater in Chief ..  

The intern, the blue to dress and the events in the Oval office- who can forget the Clinton-Lewinsky affair? In the 90's The Drudge Report, broke the story of President Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. After reports of receiving oral sex from Lewinsky in the Oval Office, he appeared on national TV in January of '98  and spoke the unforgettable line, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." The scandal led to impeachment by the House for lying about the affair under oath, but was later acquitted in the Senate. However, the court of public opinion will always find him guilty.

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