Stormy Daniels Breaks Silence on Donald Trump's Conviction: 'I Still Have to Live with the Legacy'

The former president was found guilty of 34 felony counts on Thursday, May 30, over his attempts to conceal $130,000 in hush money that was paid to Daniels

<p>Phillip Faraone/Getty; Julia Nikhinson/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty</p> Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump

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Stormy Daniels and Donald Trump

Stormy Daniels is speaking out for the first time since Donald Trump became a convicted felon at the hands of a Manhattan jury.

In a conversation with The Mirror, Daniels, 45, said, “I think he should be sentenced to jail and some community service working for the less fortunate, or being the volunteer punching bag at a women's shelter.”

Explaining that she feels Trump, 77, is “completely and utterly out of touch with reality," Daniels then spoke about her court experience during the trial, stating, "You always feel like you’re the bad guy, even when you’re not just being up on that standard."

"Being in court was so intimidating with the jurors looking at you, but I’m glad that the stuff came out in court that wanted to come out and prove," she continued. "I’ve been telling the truth the entire time. It’s not over for me. It’s never going to be over for me. Trump may be guilty, but I still have to live with the legacy.”

Related: Stormy Daniels’ Husband Says They May Leave the Country If Trump Is Acquitted: ‘She Wants to Move Past This’

<p>CHARLY TRIBALLEAU/AFP via Getty Images</p> Stormy Daniels leaves the Manhattan criminal court after testifying in Donald Trump's trial on May 9, 2024


Stormy Daniels leaves the Manhattan criminal court after testifying in Donald Trump's trial on May 9, 2024

According to The Mirror, Daniels was "shocked” over how quickly the jury found Trump guilty.

When asked by the outlet what Trump's sentencing should be, Daniels said, "I don’t know what the sentencing could be or what Trump will even understand."

"You have to find the punishment that not just matches the crime, but is fair and just, and that impacts that particular person. Who knows what that is with Trump," she explained.

<p>Ethan Miller/Getty ; Brandon Bell/Getty</p> Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump.

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Stormy Daniels, Donald Trump.

In April 2023, Trump – the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee for president — was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records for allegedly mislabeling hush money–related payments as legal expenses on financial documents.

The prosecution argued that Trump falsified the records to cover up a $130,000 payment his lawyer made to Daniels in the final days of the 2016 presidential race so she'd keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter they had years earlier, which Trump has repeatedly denied.

Prosecutors further aimed to prove that in masking the nature of his "legal expenses," Trump was attempting to hide a larger conspiracy with his allies to unlawfully sway the election in his favor.

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<p>Elizabeth Williams via AP</p> Stormy Daniels testifies at trial about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Donald Trump in 2006

Elizabeth Williams via AP

Stormy Daniels testifies at trial about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Donald Trump in 2006

While testifying in the trial, Daniels rehashed the alleged 2006 affair in great detail.

Walking the jury through her side of the story, she claimed that Trump invited her to dinner at his Nevada penthouse hotel room during a golf tournament and they had sex without a condom.

Related: Trump's Lawyer Just Said Stormy Daniels Made Up Sex Story. Her Response: 'I Would've Written It a Lot Better'

On May 14, Daniels' husband, Barrett Blade, told CNN about the backlash the former adult film star has faced from Trump’s supporters, and said that he didn't see the outcome of the trial being "a win situation either way" for Daniels.

"I know that we would like to get on with our lives. I know that she wants to move past this," Blade said. "We just want to do what I guess you’d say normal people get to do in some aspects, but I don’t know if that ever will be, you know, and it breaks my heart."

Blade added that they would "probably vacate" the United States if Trump got acquitted.

Related: Stormy Daniels Was 'Completely Sure' She'd Be Murdered After Taking on Trump: 'If Something Happens to Me...'

<p>Ethan Miller/Getty</p> Barrett Blade and Stormy Daniels

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Barrett Blade and Stormy Daniels

The Manhattan indictment made Trump the first-ever sitting or former U.S. president to face criminal charges. He is now the first U.S. president to be convicted of a crime and is expected to become the first convicted felon to run on a major presidential party ticket after the Republican National Convention this summer.

Trump is caught up in three additional criminal cases that have not yet gone to trial. His federal classified documents trial in Florida was scheduled to begin on May 20, but has been postponed indefinitely due to multiple pretrial issues.

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