Women show up for Stormy Daniels on her strip show tour

Full nudity meets the resistance as Trump's most visible foe takes her place in American history

Published June 13, 2018 7:30AM (EDT)

Stormy Daniels (Getty/Ethan Miller)
Stormy Daniels (Getty/Ethan Miller)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

A weekend feature from the Cap Times by Jessie Opoien highlights the surreal role Stormy Daniels has come to occupy in the resistance to President Donald Trump's administration.

Daniels made a Friday stop at Silk Exotic Gentlemen’s Club in Middleton, Wisconsin. The crowd featured folks of varied genders and ages coming to show their opposition to the president and support the world's most famous porn star.

Daniels, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford but prefers the adult film moniker, rose to prominence by suing the president with the assistance of lawyer Michael Avenatti.

The ensuing media tour, which included a star-making 60 Minutes interview, cemented Daniels as the most visible foil to a lying, misogynistic president.

“It’s a lot of f*****g pressure,” Daniels says of the women who call her an inspiration. “It’s super fun. But it is a lot of pressure.”

“Look what she’s doing for women in this country,” 70-year-old Linda Nelson, who had never entered a strip club before Daniels' full-nude performance, told Cap Times. “She’s suing our president. What could be stronger than that?”

The Cap Times reports how Daniels is becoming part of a political activism legacy:

“I want to tell my kids and grandkids I saw Stormy Daniels,” says 30-year-old Jennifer Gramer of Madison, who came to the club with members of her feminist book club. “If she’s the person who brings down the president — for $15 (a ticket), why not?”

“It’s kind of like a political donation,” attendee Don Esser explained. “This is a cause I believe in.”

“I’m doing my patriotic duty tonight,” said an individual who declined to provide a full name.

As for Daniels, her posture is one of gratitude for the unexpected role she's come to occupy in America's unusual Trump era.

"Thank you so much,” Daniels said as members of the Trump resistance showed their support with dollar bills.

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By Chris Sosa

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