Porn “star” Stormy Daniels says her claims that she had an affair with President Trump are not political, declares she’s a Republican, and even muses about whether she should run for president in a lengthy interview with the Chicago Tribune.
“This didn’t start with a political agenda,” she told the Tribune on Saturday afternoon as she lounged on a seat of her tour bus in a parking lot in Rosemont. “I think it’s really funny that most people don’t even know that I’m Republican.
“They make it political in the same way that they have to put porn star in front of my name,” she added. “If I was a librarian, it wouldn’t be: Librarian Stormy Daniels.”
Daniels, 39, was in the Windy City for a three-night, five-show stand at the Admiral Theatre as part of her nationwide stripping tour dubbed the “Make America Horny Again” tour. Daniels claims she had sex with Trump after meeting him at a celebrity golf tournament in 2006. “The Wall Street Journal reported that Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Daniels, sent before the 2016 election to keep Daniels from revealing an alleged sexual encounter,” the Tribune says.
In the interview, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, said she didn’t vote in the last election (shocker). And she goes on to say she “might win” if she ran for president.
She said she thinks every day about the legacy she could leave for her daughter. She wants to inspire other people to stand up for other people, she said.
“What about the bigger picture?” she said.
The White House did not respond to Tribune requests for comment Saturday evening.
Daniels does not think she alone can shut down the Trump presidency.
“Do I have the power?” she asked. “Absolutely not.”
And then she added: “I think that they’ll be their own downfall if that happens.”
Daniels said she has no plans to run for office. It’s ridiculously expensive to run a campaign and the person best suited to represent the people probably would never get elected, she said.
But at the end of the interview, she said, “I don’t know, should I run for president?”
A laugh. And then: “The terrifying thing is I might win.”