Behold, Stormy Daniels is risen! From behind an unsigned — therefore legally invalid — non-disclosure agreement, the porn star walks amongst men, making the orangest one squirm and quake in his handmade shoes.
Not only can’t the president of the United States shut her up, but Daniels — Stephanie Clifford to her mum — is now properly on the attack.
Her lawyer has requested permission from a federal judge to question Donald Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, about the non-disclosure agreement, which means either Trump has to tell the truth or perjure himself.
Pull up a seat, grab some popcorn. A Louisiana porn professional may be about to do what special prosecutor Robert S Mueller has not yet achieved — to topple the buffoon in the Oval Office, to oust him from power. You cannot help but rub your hands in glee.
All that money, and they still can’t shut her up. Cohen, Trump’s fixer, threatened Daniels with a million-dollar legal bill every time she broke the non-disclosure agreement; turns out it’s unenforceable.
Just like the non-disclosure agreement itself. Does the president need a new lawyer? Does he need 10 new lawyers?
To measure how far Trump has degraded the office of presidency, imagine our reaction had it come to light that Obama paid a porn star $130,000 to keep quiet about an affair, four months after Michelle Obama had given birth to the couple’s first child.
It would have been a global scandal. With Trump, it’s just another Tuesday snafu.
“You’re special — you remind me of my daughter,” Trump is alleged to have told Daniels.
Other details of their encounter have been revealed, but you’re probably trying to enjoy your Easter egg, so let’s pretend they haven’t.
Let’s instead savour the spectacle of watching a fearless woman take down a shameless man, pursuing him so that he is too scared to tweet a single key stroke about her.
The same man who flirted with nuclear war via Twitter, now silenced by a woman who means business. It is quite glorious.
What makes this bigger than mere anti-Trump schadenfreude is our reaction to Daniels, and how it differs from the last significant White House sex scandal.
Twenty years ago, Monica Lewinsky, a naïve 24-year-old intern, was demonised, ridiculed, dismissed, and blamed for her boss’s grotesque misuse of power.
Today, Daniels is being taken seriously, interviewed on political talk shows such as 60 Minutes, being heard and reported about in the grown up media.
We are all listening to her. Intently. We are seeing beyond the words ‘porn star’, and seeing instead what is really in front of us — ‘smart cookie’.
No, not you Donald. Definitely not you.
For all your boasting of women being objects to be had and used, picked and discarded, it seems that with Stormy Stephanie Clifford Daniels, you grabbed the wrong pussy. Fatally, we hope.
© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved