Last week, in Tel Aviv, Rudy Giulini edged one step closer to becoming the Scaramucci of Trump’s legal team. Giuliani told the Globes Capital Market Conference (regarding Stormy Daniels):
“Yes I respect porn stars. Don’t you respect porn stars? Or do you think that porn stars desecrate women? Do you think that porn stars don’t respect women?” Giuliani said. “And therefore sell their bodies. So yes, 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.“
He then added:
“So Stormy, you want to bring a case, let me cross examine you. 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.“
We can’t really be certain what Giuliani was thinking, considering the president’s own history with Playboy films, but I guess Giuliani did a fair job in singling out “a woman” who sells her body for sexual exploitation. That was pretty bold considering Melania Trump’s modeling career. What was he thinking, or was he even thinking?
Apparently, Melania Trump was displeased.
Yikes. I asked @FLOTUS spokeswoman @StephGrisham45 about Giuliani saying that she believes her husband re Stormy Daniels. Response: “I don’t believe Mrs. Trump has ever discussed her thoughts on anything with Mr. Giuliani.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) June 7, 2018
Make no mistake, those words matter. There are endless ways that message could have been conveyed in a kinder, gentler manner. That was shade. A near-eclipse of shade from the official spokesperson of the First Lady. Team Trump is going to find itself in a double-bind because of course they want to discredit Stormy Daniels via slut-shaming. But whenever they do that, they call attention to the president’s sleazy history and the First Lady’s modeling career.
They should probably exercise caution moving forward.