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Nate Jackson / Jan. 31, 2018

The Stormy/Kimmel Ploy for Attention

Stormy Daniels joined late-night "comedian" Jimmy Kimmel for a lame publicity stunt for the SOTU.

Stormy Daniels made the news again last night, courtesy of a lame publicity stunt by late-night “comedian” Jimmy Kimmel. Daniels is the pseudonymous name of the adult film star alleged to have had an affair with Donald Trump back in 2006. Timed, of course, to coincide with Trump’s first State of the Union address, Kimmel invited Daniels onto his show last night clearly hoping to having a ratings bombshell revelation.

The storm dissipated quickly.

In fact, Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, issued a statement before her appearance again denying the affair ever happened. “I am not denying this affair because I was paid ‘hush money’ as has been reported in overseas owned tabloids,” she said. “I am denying this affair because it never happened.” Trump, through his lawyer, has also denied it.

Then again, her statement is carefully worded, especially regarding the Wall Street Journal’s report of $130,000 in “hush money,” which she doesn’t deny having been paid. And of her signature on the statement, she told Kimmel, “That does not look like my signature, does it? I don’t know where [the statement] came from.” Yet her lawyer insists she’s signed two denials. But that’s after previous interviews saying it did happen. So which is it? Daniels has been on a publicity tour to cash in on the notoriety - her statement even encourages people to follow her on Instagram - and she has played coy in multiple interviews, declining to, on camera, flatly deny anything happened. That continued with Kimmel. Why kill the golden goose?

Indeed, the whole thing stinks of a publicity stunt. Stormy seems to be in it just for the attention, and Kimmel’s craven attempt at a ratings coup didn’t ferret out any facts. Meanwhile, Democrats are just happy to use it as part of their anti-Trump strategy to incite female voter outrage ahead of the 2018 election.

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