MSNBC conservative blames physical threats against Stormy Daniels on Trump 'thugocracy and sleaze'
Adult film star Stormy Daniels -- screenshot

On MSNBC Friday afternoon, one of President Donald Trump's conservative critics said he wasn't surprised by allegations that people close to the president had physically threatened adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Speaking with host Andrea Mitchell, radio host and MSNBC contributor Charlie Sykes was asked about comments made by Daniels' attorney on Friday morning that his client has been threatened with more than just lawsuits by the president's team.

"Some conventional wisdom is this has not yet become a political problem," host Mitchell said of the continuing "drip drip drip" of Daniel's allegations. "That people have discounted Donald Trump's past relationships with women as part of the package because of  the "Access Hollywood" tape and they elected him, notwithstanding."

"Would this elevate it, if it were the worst case: someone close to the Trump organization and the threat came before the signing of the [non-disclosure] agreement or after?" Mitchell asked.

"Potentially, we have to be skeptical about what moves the needle because we have had this conversation so many times in the past," Sykes asserted. "This story is not going away like the other scandals. Obviously, it's because it has all the elements: the porn star, the sex, the money, the cover-up. And now, potentially a physical threat. "

"Look, [Daniels's attorney] Michael Avenatti has been very, very careful in not getting out over his skis," he continued. "When he answered that question that definitively, I have to admit my eyebrows went up. Obviously, he's teasing the 60 Minutes broadcast. This is a significant potential, escalation in all of this and it reminds us of the different layers of sleaze in this administration, including the thugocracy."

"We don't know yet whether it's going to become a political problem, but it is not going away," he predicted.

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