Shark Charities Are Raking It in After That Stormy Daniels Interview

Trump reportedly said he hoped "all the sharks die," so now people are donating in his name.

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Jan 24 2018, 4:28pm

Photos of Trump and a shark by Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) and Brad Leue (Barcroft Images/Barcroft Media via Getty Images), respectively

One of the weirdest bits from the Stormy Daniels interview about allegedly having sex with our president revealed he is "terrified" of sharks. Trump reportedly told the former porn star he "would never donate to any charity that helps sharks," and that he hoped "all the sharks die."

But now it looks like donations to charities that protect sharks have shot up since InTouch dropped its 2011 interview with Daniels, MarketWatch reports. The heads of the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society told the site they've been flooded with contributions made in Trump's name or sent along with a message about his anti-shark tirade.

"Anything that focuses attention on the plight of sharks worldwide is valuable, so I guess in that way the president did good service," the Conservation Society's founder, Captain Paul Watson, told MarketWatch.

Not only are people shelling out donations to shark conservation efforts, but someone even paid to adopt a 13-foot Great White last week in the president's name, Newsweek reports. (They named it Lola, though Stormy could've been a stronger choice.) And that's not to mention the the Left Shark wannabe who became a #Resistance mascot at Washington DC's Women's March over the weekend.

While it's still not clear whether Trump and Daniels really had an affair back in 2006—something she was reportedly paid $130,000 to stay quiet about—her analysis of Trump's apparent fish phobia seems pretty spot on.

And to think: all this over something Trump shouldn't even be that scared of. According to Captain Watson, "it's actually more dangerous to play golf than it is to go swimming in the ocean with sharks."

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