Stormy Daniels, the porn actress alleging a sexual affair with President Trump, released a sketch Tuesday of the man she says threatened her in 2011 to stay quiet about the relationship. She discussed the threat on ABC’s “The View.” (April 17) AP

It was the prelude to the big act. Daniels was set to go on at 8 p.m. She took the stage a little after 9, wearing a sequined low-cut black-and-white suit jacket with tails and skirt that quickly came off along with other articles of clothing until all that was left was a G-string.

With every shake of her hips, every swing around the pole, every headline-grabbing expos√©, Daniels stripped bare an ugly reality about America in 2018: We’ve gone numb. 

The lewd, bawdy and outrageous fail to stun us anymore as Trump has stomped out all expectations of integrity in the nation’s highest office.

So here we gathered in a Detroit strip club on a busy stretch of 8 Mile near Mound, where cars pulled up to the valet and a pair of protesters holding signs patrolled a lonely corner nearby. 

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