WASHINGTON: October has not been a good month for cranky, dyspeptic, liberal females… or fading porn stars for that matter. But more on Stormy Daniels and her Horseface later.
The Kavanaugh Kaper
Let us recount the initial sequence of events leading up to the latest Tweetstorm to captivate the easily gulled mainstream media. First, Judge Brett Kavanaugh gets confirmed by the Senate to sit on the US Supreme Court despite a host of wildly unbelievable charges leveled against him. Namely
- That he attempted to rape Professor Christine Blasey Ford while the pair were in high school.
- That he flashed his genitals at stupid-drunk Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez.
- That Kavanaugh took part in gang rapes according to Julie Swetnick.
A dark and Stormy one-night stand
Speaking of Swetnick, her attorney just happened to be Michael Avenatti, consigliere to porn star Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford). You may recall that Ms. Daniels, who currently lives in a small suburb of Dallas, Texas, claims she had a one-night-stand with Donald Trump before he became president.
Former Trump lawyer Michael D. Cohen claims he paid the adult film star $130,000 for an affixed signature to a nondisclosure agreement and her silence on the alleged matter. But as we all know, Ms. Daniels saw a bigger payday in her future if she violated said agreement. The wheels of fortune — and Fate — were immediately set in motion.
The thug with a familiar face
Spinning out her story line, Daniels went so far as to claim a representative of Trump threatened her in 2011 should she get out of line. She elaborated on this allegation to Inside Edition staffers in an interview that ran online in January 2018.
“She says she’s been trying to ride out the scandal in the small Texas town where she lives with her husband and their 7-year-old daughter… [and] has also received threats since the scandal broke.”
According to the New York Times, as cited by Vox,
“…Daniels said in March, during a 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper, that a man approached her in 2011 while she was in a parking lot with her infant daughter. ‘A guy walked up to me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’ she told Cooper. ‘And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said, “That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be a shame if something happened to her mom.” Last April, she presented an artist’s conception of that alleged intimidator during an appearance on ABC’s ‘The View.'”
President Trump responds
In a tweet — what else — Trump said Daniels provided a
“… sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!”
The president included a post by a person with the Twitter handle “DeplorablyScottish.” This Twitter wag noticed a striking resemblance between the alleged thug and Daniels’s own husband, posting the drawing and photo of Daniels’s porn-star spouse Glendon Crain, side-by-side. The similarity is uncanny.
The infuriated Daniels sued Trump for defamation.
The wisdom of Solomon
Monday, Judge S. James Otero of the US District Court, Central District of California, dismissed the porn star’s suit, saying:
“In a Special Motion, Mr. Trump argues that the tweet at issue is a non-actionable opinion, not a statement of fact about Ms. Clifford [Daniels]. ‘Expressions of opinion may be derogatory and disparaging; nevertheless, they are protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution and by article 1, section 8 of the Texas Constitution.’
The judge elaborated further.
“‘In short, should plaintiff publicly voice her opinions about Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump is entitled to publicly voice non-actionable opinions about plaintiff,’ he ruled. ‘To allow plaintiff to proceed with her defamation action would, in effect, permit plaintiff to make public allegations against the president without giving him the opportunity to respond. Such a holding would violate the First Amendment.'”
That led to his conclusion.
“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 United States. The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”
Show me the money; or, Stormy Weather
Best of all, Judge Otero’s order said President Trump is
“… entitled to attorney’s fees under the Texas Citizens Participation Act. Should Defendants move for Attorneys’ fees.”
Flush with victory, Trump exercised his First Amendment right to flame-throw via Twitter:
“Now I can go after Horseface [Daniels] and her 3rd rate lawyer [Avenatti] in the Great State of Texas.”
And Daniels’s response?
“Game on, Tiny.”
The attorney’s fees in question, as The New York Times observed, “will not be insignificant.”
Notes the Washington Times:
“…the legal loss — and demanding she pay Mr. Trump’s lawyer’s fees — is a setback for Ms. Clifford and Mr. Avenatti.
“It also means Mr. Trump will not have to face what could have been an excruciating legal discovery process — what the judge called a ‘fishing expedition’ — that could have delved into the workings of the president’s political, legal and even Twitter operations.”
In short, Stormy Daniels will soon discover, much to her financial discomfort, that everything is big in Texas.
Top Image: Stormy Daniels and attorney Michael Avenatti. MSNBC screen capture.