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60 July 2016 Club Bulletin www.EDpublications.com S ometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain died 36 years before Donald Trump's birth, yet the wily sage must have envisioned this year's election madness. Every four years people turn to the Summer Olympics and national elections. Although people run in both spectacles, we see them putting their best foot forward in the one, and their worst foot forward in the other. Our insular communi- ty has a stake in the outcome of the national election. The Department of Justice Obscenity Task Force, established in 2005 under President Bush, became a battered hulk and sank beneath the waves of "Hope and Change" in 2011. However, attacking the adult industry is standard fare for the party of irrational nuttiness. They scream, "America is suffering a pandemic of harm from pornography" and, since 1992, the platform has been "the time has come for a nation- al crusade against pornography." These creeds would have been the attitude of Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich if any of them won the Chief Barking Moonbat Award from the ideology-crazed partisans howling at this summer's conven- tion. But they all came up short. As you know, Donald Trump is the (still presumptive at this press time) Republican nominee for President of the United States. "But he's a businessman, like me!" You say. "He used to be a democrat!" You then retort. "Hilliary Clinton sucks!" You finally snarl. (We're all entitled to our own opinions, aren't we?) Trump may be a different story. Trump is an enigma, wrapped in mystery, wrapped in a roll of moist hundred-dollar bills straight from the VIP room. But, hold on, we see him on television everyday. We know exactly where he stands on so many issues. For example: "Well, I'm very pro-choice. I hate the concept of abortion. I hate it. I hate everything it stands for. I cringe when I listen to people debate the subject. But, you still, I just believe in choice. " - Donald Trump, Meet the Press, 1999. "Who said I'm pro-choice? Look, I'm pro-life. I've said it. I'm very strong there. And, I'm strong on pro-life." - Donald Trump, Laura Ingram radio show, 2011. "I'm not in favor of gay marriage. They should not be able to marry. I just don't feel good about it. I don't feel right about it. I'm against it… I'm opposed to gay marriage." - Donald Trump, Fox News. "Amending the Civil Rights Act would grant the same protection to gay people that we give to other Americans. It's only fair. ...[I favor] a very strong domestic-partnership law that guarantees same-sex couples equal legal rights as married, heterosexual couples." - Donald Trump, The Advocate, 2000. Donald Trump's position on the adult industry is just about the same as where he stands on everything else; in other words, he says whatever will get him what he wants. Patrick Trueman, a participant in federal pornography prosecutions during the Reagan and Bush administrations, now heads the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. He recently surveyed the Republican candidates with questions about pornography's legal status, prostitution, sex trafficking and child exploitation. Trump did not reply to the investigation. Moreover, nothing appears on Trump's website regarding his attitude toward the adult industry. The pocketbook issue for the adult industry is whether Trump will reinvigorate the Obscenity Task Force. Will he prosecute manufacturers, retailers, video producers, actors and actress- es, and the myriad folks whose livelihood depends on intimate expression. The answer may be found in Trump's expressed attitude toward fundamental constitutional guarantees. Would you give Donald Trump a lapdance? EGALLY SPEAKING L by Gary Krupkin Rampant xenophobe! Billionaire businessman! Pathological misogynist! The 45th President of the United States? Sure, you might welcome him into your club, but could a Trump Administration actually hurt the adult nightclub industry? Attorney Gary Krupkin offers his opinion on how the real threat to adult entertainment—and, in a much more broad sense, the First Amendment—could very well be the next leader of the free world, Donald J. Trump.

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