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@StormyDaniels gave a rare, extended interview to a Dutch late-night show: washingtonpost.com/politics/i-may…
Here's the link (free account required): rtl.nl/video/1d49f6ca…
And a full transcript: washingtonpost.com/politics/trans…
Couple of thoughts. Readers often feel like @StormyDaniels is everywhere, but she doesn't speak to the media all that often.
This interview contains her first at-length reaction to the Michael Cohen news. It is one of her only TV appearances -- if not her only TV appearance -- since she went on "60 Minutes" in March.
The host, Twan Huys, asked why she came on his program and didn't just fly back to the US to appear on CNN. She said it's about avoiding legal risk:
For those following Stormy's cases, there wasn't a lot of news. She said the NDA suit could be delayed again at the status hearing before Judge Otero on Monday.
But there's a lot for Stormy fans or those interested in her life these days.
She talked about her need for bodyguards -- to deal with people who love her as well as people who hate her:
About the time she went to a concert without security and was mobbed in a way that 'became really dangerous really quickly':
About her fear that someone could do "something stupid," either a Trump supporter or a fan:
She said she felt "in danger" before she became a public figure given her situation with Trump:
She spoke about her childhood and her career and business sense. She's proud of both and doesn't think she gets enough credit for either.
The most personal parts of the interview had to do with her husband (who filed for divorce in July) and her seven-year-old daughter. She said her marriage couldn't take the stress of her sudden, strange celebrity:
Here's what she had to say about Giuliani, with an unexpected reference to Melania:
She said the most frustrating criticisms she receives are (1) accusations she's lying (2) suggestions she's doing this for money (3) charges that she's a bad parent
She talked about hearing the Cohen news for the first time. She was in Italy and said she opened a bottle of wine before this happened:
She talked about SNL:
She talked about SNL:
About what it's like to raise a kid in the adult-film industry:
The interview was flattering to her. Huys asked over and over if she will enter the history books by bringing down DT. She claimed to have more damaging info but otherwise gave pretty measured answers. Knows there's a chance her cases won't succeed. Doesn't think he will resign.
To me, the most interesting part was her response to the idea that she's leading a "feminist crusade":
"I don't really consider myself to be a super feminist," she said.
The interview -- playful, off-color, emotional -- revealed someone with complicated feelings about being a #Resistance leader, who feels threatened or overwhelmed at times by her fans, and whose life has changed in some sad and irrevocable ways because of all of this.
And the transcript here: washingtonpost.com/politics/trans…
Happy Friday, everybody.
(Note: Readers noting, correctly, that Daniels appeared on The View in April and on a British show in August. And it looks like she's headed back on The View next week.)

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