a. Should he deny all five, if he had one?
b What if he had an affair but rebuilt his marriage?
c. what if he had two? Might people still consider this private?
d. What if he had five?
Should he attack Donald Trump's marital record, knowing that Trump might respond, not with a denial, but with a claim that "it was even more than that" in bragging?
He was in a no-win situation with such a serious allegation. If he said "this is private between me and my wife", it would not satisfy the allegation due to the excessive number five.
He issued one statement followed by then another statement.
The clarity he calls upon must be "crystal" in vision. This is to be 'plain' and transparent. He then calls these attacks (plural) "garbage." This avoids a denial.
The "attacks" now changes to "smear", which is to cover over something to make it appear worse than it is, including one's own reputation. This, too, avoids a denial. They are not only "false" but "completely false." The problem is that we do not know if he is talking about "attacks", "smear" or 5 affairs.
In strategy, he followed Rubio down the path of name calling, which backfired for him:
The story is garbage, but this, too, avoids denying the allegation. He then goes on to attack the source while avoiding the denial:
Consider he used the word "smear" as you read his next sentence:
If by "copulate" he means getting involved in smear campaigns, we would expect him to avoid name calling as this was done repeatedly in the debates:
The pattern is similar to many others in deception: Avoidance and attack. Avoidance, and seeking empathy. Avoidance and...
In spite of sounding strong, it is actually weak.
What cannot be concluded, however, is what he is referring to: an affair, more than one affair, or the allegation of five affairs.
Most people would consider five affairs to be serial deceit, or habitual, life long deception, destroying trust.
Here, if he cannot deny it, we cannot deny it for him. If he had an affair, he could have said, "I did not have five affairs" and leave it there, but he does not even offer this. This may be due to not only the avoidance of lies, but fear that proof of his deception might be forthcoming.
If he is incapable of denying 5 affairs, it may be that he has had even more.