“The View” co-host Meghan McCain rudely suggested that former porn actress Stormy Daniels had no business being in federal court with President Donald Trump’s longtime attorney — and lawyer Michael Avenatti quickly corrected her.
Daniels appeared Tuesday on the talk show, where she revealed a composite sketch of a man she says threatened her infant daughter over her claims about Trump, but McCain questioned her motives.
“It seems like a publicity stunt on some level,” McCain said. “I think yesterday you didn’t have anything to do with the case. It seemed like you were just trying to get attention.”
Then McCain — who has referred to Daniels as a prostitute before correcting herself — got personal, and suggested that Daniels was unworthy of the attention due to her career choices.
“I understand that you’re being sued by our president, but it does seem like you’re benefitting a lot,” McCain said. “I mean, you’ve gone on your Make American Horny Again tour — I’m sure you’re making a lot of money, no disrespect. I hadn’t heard your name until all of this happened, and now you’re literally live on ‘The View’ giving an entire interview with us, so it has been beneficial to her career.”
Daniels’s attorney fact-checked McCain’s claim about the Monday’s courtroom appearance.
“I want to address the first part, and then I’ll let her address the first part,” Avenatti said. “As it relates to us having nothing to do with the case, I mean, that’s just not accurate. On Friday Judge (Kimba) Wood, who I know, granted me access to that case, stated that she would hear from me as to any issue that I wanted to speak about, recognizing that we did have standing in connection with that case because some of these documents that were seized relate to her, and in fact the warrants stemmed in significant part from what happened to my client.”
“So we had every right to be there, and Judge Wood, the sitting federal judge, would not have granted me access to address the court if we had no business being there,” the attorney added.
He then let Daniels defend herself against McCain’s personal insults.
“Can I just say first of all, I did not name the tour,” she said. “You won’t hear me say it, I haven’t promoted that name. I think it’s awful.”
McCain seemed genuinely surprised, and Daniels said she thought it was “cheesy” and a poorly executed play on Trump’s campaign slogan.
“A strip club owner in the Carolinas came up with it, and everyone else latched onto it,” Daniels said. “As far as the tour, yes, I’ve gotten more bookings than usual, but I’m doing the job that i’ve been doing for the last almost 20 years. Yes, there’s a lot of publicity, but I didn’t do it for that because this isn’t what I want to be known for.”