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American political history of cheating and the total betrayal of family values

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USA – April 3, 2019

It’s no secret that the powerful and successful often cheat on their spouses, especially politicians, no matter how loud their speeches on traditional values. Those who want their compatriots to build solid families, raise children in love and an atmosphere of conservatism, and those who blame the people who vote for them for cheating, often have some skeletons in their own closets. Cheating and the betrayal of family values have become a key feature of American politicians, and here are some examples of it.

Cheating politicians are nothing new, but have existed in America from the days of the Founding Fathers. It might be surprising, but some prominent figures such as the 1st United States Secretary of the Treasury and a Delegate to the Congress of the Confederation from New York Alexander Hamilton and the Secretary of State and 3rd President of the United States Thomas Jefferson were involved in sex scandals, though this is not often highlighted by historians and America-loving Americans. 

The inconvenient truth about Hamilton is that this founder of the Federalist Party had a mistress in 1791 and 1792, which isn’t negated by the fact that she, Maria Reynolds, later became his “legitimate” wife. Their affair was serious business, leading to a blackmail scandal. In fact, this was the first sex scandal in American history.

As for Jefferson, everything was worse than with Hamilton, as he was publicly accused (while in office) of fathering the children of a woman he owned, Sally Hemmings. He was a widower by then, but never married Hemmings, which would have been considered a sin at the time. They had six children together. Though the scandal broke in 1802, it didn’t put an end to Jefferson’s presidency—he served another seven years. 

Interestingly, the public accusations came from the pen of the same journalists who had broke the Hamilton scandal, James Thomas Callender, who eventually became one of the first American journalists sentenced for his views, being imprisoned under the Alien and Sedition Act. That’s how freedom of speech was “defended” by the authorities in the early decades of the US’s existence. 

But this was only the beginning of the story, as American politicians have been repeatedly accused of sexual misconduct and cheating throughout the next two centuries. And there were some rather odd cases, for instance with 7th President Andrew Jackson being reportedly involved in a bigamist marriage. It’s still not clear if the accusations were true, but rumors circulated across the nation throughout his entire presidency (1829-1837), even though his wife had died shortly after he became president. The future 9th Vice President Richard Mentor Johnson (under Martin Van Buren, 1837-1841) didn’t even hide that he had an affair with a slave girl named Julia Chinn while he was a Kentucky Senator. This is what traditional family values looked like for politicians at that time. 

And there have been other more perverse cases. 15th President James Buchanan Jr. allegedly had an affair with William Rufus King, who later served as the 13th Vice President for a month and a half in March-April 1853 under Franklin Pierce. Their homosexuality and affair are testified to by a number of sources, and it’s known that William Rufus King was known as “Miss Nancy” by a number of prominent politicians of the time, including President Jackson. Thus, many 19th-century elites were completely corrupt, which was reflected in their moves during their service. 

And the elites of the 20th century were no family-oriented angels either. At least four presidents of the past century were accused of sexual affairs during their terms in office. 

28th President Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) served as the 13th President of Princeton University as well between 1902 and 1910. Towards the end of his term there he likely had an affair with Mary Allen Hulbert, whom he met in 1907. Wilson, “happily” married to Ellen Louise Axson at the time, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister from Georgia, with whom he later had three children, claimed he and Hulbert were just friends, but there’s often more to such “friendships” between a man in a position of power and is female students.

The next president, Warren Harding, in office for just two years (having died in 1923), reportedly had two mistresses: Carrie Phillips in the 1910s and Nan Britton in the 1920s, though there were probably more. Britton herself claimed in her book The President’s Daughter that Harding had fathered her daughter during his time as a US Senator. This was long believed to be mere rumor, but was confirmed in August 2015 by genetic tests. Harding had been married to Florence Kling at the time, since 1891.

And the extremely popular 35th President John F. Kennedy, considered one of the best presidents of all time, had numerous relations the whole nation was discussing in their kitchens. He allegedly had several extramarital affairs with several famous women, including Marilyn Monroe and Judith Campbell Exner. He also likely had relations with his intern Mimi Alford in the last year of his life, and likely would have had many more had he not been assassinated on November 22, 1963.

And lest we forget the Democratic icon, William Jefferson Clinton, who served as the 42nd President of the United States, was ideologically a New Democrat, so many of his domestic policies reflected a crooked centrist "Third Way" political philosophy. Clinton also bombed Yugoslavia and was responsible for numerous war crimes and civilian deaths there. Approximately at the same time the U.S. was tearing this Balkan nation apart, perhaps the most notorious sex scandal in US history was underway. 

White House intern Monica Lewinsky claimed she had oral sex with Clinton in the Oval Office (dubbed the “Oral Office” thanks to this incident). Clinton famously declared on TV in late January 1998: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." The scandal was so huge that it led to the 42nd president’s impeachment, though he was not removed from office, and this is often what people remember most about his time in office. 

Senators and congressmen, state attorneys and federal servants: The American political system is full of cheaters in our days as well. The number of mistresses “working” and “living” in the White House almost openly– beyond any doubt – poses a huge problem for conservative values in the US. The number of perverts having served in the highest levels is huge too, as with the story of former NY US House of Representatives member the Democrat Anthony Weiner, who has been involved in multiple sex scandals related to sexting. He even began a 21-month prison sentence on November 6, 2017 for sexting with a 15-year-old girl, making him a legally-recognized pedophile.

And this certainly is only the top of the iceberg.

Author: USA Really