Deceptive headline links Trump to scandal of Robert Kraft’s arrest, but details tell another story

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Ah, those clever headlines.

The Miami Herald reported Friday that President Trump “cheered the New England Patriots and his longtime friend, team owner Robert Kraft, to victory” in this year’s Super Bowl with the “founder” of the massage parlor where authorities say Kraft was caught on camera paying for oral sex.

Never mind that the woman, Li Yang, 45, a self-made entrepreneur from China, told The Herald that she had long since sold Orchids of Asia Day Spa, where Kraft allegedly broke the law in a case tied to a sex trafficking ring — the billionaire owner has denied the charges.

That a selfie was snapped of Yang and the president makes the story all the more appealing as the media rushes to tie Trump to the case.

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Although she doesn’t appear to be involved in the current operation of the spa that Kraft was said to have visited, having sold it in 2013.

“Yang, who goes by Cindy, was not charged in the multi-agency anti-human trafficking operation last month that shut down 10 Asian day spas in Florida, none of which are registered to her or her family.” The Herald reported.

It doesn’t help her case that she “has now become a fixture at Republican political events,” as the paper reported, saying she became a generous supporter of Trump and other Republican candidates.

More from The Herald:

Her Facebook is covered in photos of herself standing with President Trump, his two sons, Eric and Donald Jr., Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Sen. Rick Scott, Sarah Palin, the president’s campaign manager and an assortment of other high-level Republican operators she has met at charity events, political fundraisers and galas, many of which require hefty donations to attend. She sometimes carries a rhinestone encrusted MAGA clutch purse.

Yang has shown considerable political largesse. Since 2017, she and her close relatives have contributed more than $42,000 to Trump Victory, a political action committee, and more than $16,000 to the president’s campaign.

 

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The signed photo above is from a Mar-a-Lago fundraiser on March 2, 2018, advertised as a “reception, photo and two seats for a dinner with President Trump” for a donation of $50,000, the paper reported.

It’s clear that Yang is a relative newcomer to Republican politics.

The article says Yang’s family still owns several South Florida spas that “have attracted the attention of at least two local police agencies over allegations of prostitution and are discussed online as places where men can pay for sexual extras.”

Yang told the paper she and her family have never broken the law, but even if that proved to be untrue, how would any Republican politician know that if she had never been charged?

Is the media proposing a background check on every individual who shows up at a political fundraiser with a generous check?

But the fact that she was very active in GOP circles in Florida is getting plenty of play online … now let’s do Democrat associates.

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