On Tuesday night, President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office. Meanwhile, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels offered counter-programming to viewers on Instagram, as she had promised earlier in the day.
Daniels, who is locked in a legal battle with the president, appeared in a live video, dressed in a matching lilac lace bra-and-panties set, calmly folding laundry.
Her act was Zen-like — just a woman, at home on her bed, doing an everyday chore, smoothing T-shirts and jeans into piles. But it was loaded with coded messages. Among the items of clothes was a tank bearing the hashtag #TeamStormy. Her soundtrack was one of defiance. There was Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” There was also Tom Petty’s classic “I Won’t Back Down,” whose lyrics “No, I won’t back down/You can stand me up at the gates of hell/But I won’t back down” seem to be Daniels’s general mood vis-a-vis Trump. She finished with a mic drop of sorts, digging into a bag of Cheetos, a likely reference to a disparaging nickname for Trump.
Certainly, her Insta-live attracted fewer eyeballs than the speech about the border wall by the president, which was carried by all the major TV networks. But Daniels has shown an uncanny ability to keep stealing some of Trump’s thundering mojo: She stirred a campaign finance scandal for Trump with her allegations that she had a sexual encounter with him in 2006 and was later paid $130,000 in hush money.
And she manages to remain a thorn in his side, with a memoir, appearances at strip clubs and her own provocative social media digs at the president — Tuesday night’s performance included.