Giuliani insists that Stormy Daniels has no credibility because she's a porn star

Dylan Stableford
Senior Editor

President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani doubled down Thursday on his assertion that adult film actress Stormy Daniels has no credibility because of her profession.

“If you’re involved in a sort of slimy business, [that] says something about you,” Giuliani told CNN. “Says something about how far you’ll go to make money.”

The former New York City mayor said that if you’re a feminist and you support the porn industry, “you should turn in your credentials.”

“Our real point about her is that she’s not just generally un-credible, she’s un-credible from the point of view of wanting to get money,” Giuliani said. “She’s a con artist.”

During a panel discussion in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday, Giuliani was asked for his thoughts about Daniels, who received a $130,000 “hush money” payment from Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in October 2016 in exchange for her silence about the sexual relationship she said she had with Trump in 2006. The president has denied the affair.

Giuliani said he believes Trump, citing Daniels’s appearance as evidence.

“When you look at Stormy Daniels — I know Donald Trump. Look at his three wives — beautiful women, classy women, women of great substance,” Giuliani said. “Stormy Daniels?”

Rudy Giuliani, Stormy Daniels (Photo illustration: Yahoo News; photos: Win McNamee/Getty Images, ingo H.W. Chiu/AP, Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

He continued: “Trump is a real gentleman who respects his wife and loves his daughter and has a warm relationship with his ex-wives — that’s not something I can say about everybody. I haven’t heard a bad word about him from his ex-wives.”

In a 1993 book that detailed Trump’s divorce case with his first wife, Ivana Trump, she used the word “rape” to describe a violent sexual encounter she said she had with Trump. When the allegation resurfaced during the 2016 Republican primary, Cohen told the Daily Beast that Trump “never raped anybody” and added that, by definition, “you can’t rape your spouse.”

Giuliani added, “I respect all human beings. I even have to respect, you know, criminals. But, I’m sorry, I don’t respect a porn star the way I respect a career woman or a woman of substance or a woman who has great respect for herself as a woman and as a person and isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation.”

Daniels is suing the president and Cohen for defamation.

“So Stormy, you want to bring a case, let me cross-examine you,” Giuliani said in Israel. “Because the business you’re in entitles you to no degree of giving your credibility any weight. And secondly, explain to me how she could be damaged. I mean, she has no reputation. If you’re going to sell your body for money, you just don’t have a reputation. Maybe old-fashioned, I don’t know.”

Daniels’s attorney, Michael Avenatti, responded in a statement: “Mr. Giuliani is a misogynist. His most recent comments regarding my client, who passed a lie detector test and who the American people believe, are disgusting and a disgrace. His client Mr. Trump didn’t seem to have any ‘moral’ issues with her and others back in 2006 and beyond.”

Avenatti added Thursday: “If any [attorney] for any Fortune 500 co. made the public comments that Giuliani did yesterday (which he affirmed this morning), they would be immediately fired. Giuliani must be fired by Mr. Trump NOW. Otherwise, it sends a message to the world that the comments are acceptable.”

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