Former 60 Minutes producer Ira Rosen claims that former President Donald Trump had a secret nickname for his one-time mistress, Karen McDougal, that’s not only gross, it implies a deep ignorance of civil engineering. And sex.
In his upcoming book, Ticking Clock: Behind the Scenes at 60 Minutes, Rosen writes that then-President Trump revealed the secret nickname to an editor of the National Enquirer. The Daily Beast first reported that Trump told the editor that he called McDougal the “‘Hoover Dam’ because she was always so wet.”
That’s not how dams work.
Be they constructed by beaver or man, a dam is defined as an obstruction that impedes the flow of water. In other words, they make things dryer, not, as Trump apparently believes, wet.
The Enquirer‘s parent company has since admitted to buying her story for $150,000 during the 2016 campaign in order keep McDougal’s account of the affair out of the press, otherwise known as a “catch and kill.”
In a 2018 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, McDougal, one of the top Playboy playmates of the 90s, described her affair with Trump as a matter of the heart and the flesh.
Trump’s purported objectification of McDougal didn’t stop with a nickname.
McDougal told Cooper that Trump offered to pay her after their first sexual encounter. She said she refused and was so deeply hurt by the offer that she spent the night crying.
McDougal seems not to have known about the nickname people are calling “disgusting.” Asked if Trump had any pet names for her, she said he called her “baby” or “beautiful Karen.”