The adult film star Stormy Daniels spoke out on a range of topics in a new interview with the British tabloid The Mirror. Daniels, who in addition to being at the center of apparent campaign violations made by Michael Cohen and Donald Trump pertaining to a $130,000 payment that was made to her to ensure her silence about an affair she claimed to have had with Trump years earlier, also made an abrupt and contentious early departure form the British version of Celebrity Big Brother, which was the premise for the interview. Naturally, her legal saga as President Trump’s foil that won’t go away served as the core of the interview.
Daniels said she’s had to hire body guards — she’s nicknamed them her “Dragons” — due to threats she’s received from Trump supporters. And she even vowed to testify before Congress if Trump is impeached. But perhaps her most interesting remarks were on Melania Trump, the first lady who, more than a decade ago, was at home with a 4-month-old baby when Daniels had her purported tryst with the man who is now the President of the United States.
“People should stop speaking for her,” Daniels told The Mirror of Melania, who is 48. “Maybe she’s happy. Everything we say about her is a projection. Some people misplace sorrow and pity on another person,” she continued, adding that she supports the first lady’s right to privacy. “The entire world would be interested to know what she feels. But if we never know, that is her right and I support it.”
Daniels and Melania are connected in more ways than one in these unusual political times. Some of the president’s detractors recently have painted Melania as the last great hope for derailing his agenda. Others believe that mantle will fall to Daniels who, as Jill Filipovic put it in a New York Times Op-Ed, is “a feminist hero. Similar to Trump, she is defying the rules that typically apply to people in her position. Daniels, Filipovic writes, is “an imperfect, entirely self-possessed woman telling her story with clarity and without shame. And here we are, actually listening to her.”
Daniels also turned up, alongside her ubiquitous lawyer Michael Avenatti, in a profile published by Vogue magazine on Tuesday.
“When I started this, I just wanted to save my own ass, not everybody else’s.” https://t.co/wYUzDmoCHJ
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) August 28, 2018
In the Vogue profile, written by Amy Chozick, Daniels elaborates on much of what she mentioned in her interview with The Mirror. But she also provided some insight into her political leanings given how she’s emerged as a darling of the Trump resistance. “People come up and they’re so emotional and they put so much on me. They’re like, ‘You’re going to save the world, you’re a patriot, you’re a hero,’” Daniels said in the Vogue piece. “It’s funny. It’s actually easier for me to handle the negative stuff. It’s not like I turned on Twitter today and was called a whore for the first time.”
But make no mistake: “I’m not like some big Hillary supporter,” she said. “I’m a Republican.”
Daniels, in the interview with The Mirror, talked more about this phenomenon, sharing some unexpected moments she’s had “standing completely naked on stage” during her strip club tour across the U.S. And, in response to questions from Chozick, she talked more about that fateful sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, which she said lasted “about two minutes.”