I have good news for everyone who donated to Stormy Daniels during her crowdfunding campaign:
Your money just went to Donald Trump!
Let me explain. Stormy Daniels — or Stephanie Clifford, depending if you want to use her nom de pornographie or not — was in the middle of a libel suit against Trump. That lawsuit was based around a tweet (so seldom a good augury for the litigious) from the president which cast doubt upon her claim that a man intimidated her in a parking lot in 2011 after she went public with claims she had slept with the billionaire real estate mogul.
This is what she (or at least her attorney Michael Avenatti) thought was legally actionable:
A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)! https://t.co/9Is7mHBFda
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2018
The legal system, you may not be surprised to learn, disagreed with Daniels (and Avenatti).
“The court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the U.S.,” U.S. District Judge S. James Otero’s ruling Monday, according to Insurance Journal.
“The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
Otero thusly tossed the libel lawsuit. But here’s the important part, at least for this story: The judge awarded legal fees to Donald Trump.
Now, some of that money is probably going to go to Donald Trump. Conservatives on Twitter, you can imagine, are feeling very bad for Daniels’ supporters.
A note to those who donated to Stormy Daniels GoFundMe. As she has to pay President Donald Trump’s legal fees your cash is paying the president.
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) October 16, 2018
Everyone who donated to support Stormy Daniels actually gave money to help pay for Trump’s legal fees
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) October 16, 2018
I love the fact that the progressive dupes who contributed to Stormy Daniels’ GoFundMe account will now see their money go to pay @realDonaldTrump ‘s legal fees
— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) October 16, 2018
Oh well — it could have happened to a better group of people.
“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Charles Harder, Trump’s lawyer, said in a statement after Otero’s verdict, according to The Washington Post.
Avenatti, meanwhile, still tried to spin.
“We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal,” the creepy porn lawyer said.
“There is something really rich in Trump relying on the First Amendment to justify defaming a woman.”
Avenatti has every reason to be upset, after all. Some of that money that was supposed to go to him is going to Donald Trump.
At least he has other irons in the fire. Whither Julie Swetnick?