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After Rudy Giuliani used an international media appearance to slut-shame Stormy Daniels, TODAY Show host Megyn Kelly went after his double standard and explained how President Donald Trump already proved him a liar.

“I respect women – beautiful women and women with value – but a woman who sells her body for sexual exploitation I don’t respect,” Giuliani originally said at an Israeli news conference. “Someone who sells his or her body for money has no good name.”

“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 […] isn’t going to sell her body for sexual exploitation,” he continued. “I mean, she has no reputation. If you’re going to sell your body for money, you just don’t have a reputation.”

The sexist remarks were quickly condemned, but Kelly went further by comparing Stormy Daniels to First Lady Melania Trump

“The notion that he respects women of substance, ‘a woman who won’t sell her body for sexual exploitation,’” Kelly said. “So, Melania Trump is classy and gorgeous and I really admire her. But she has posed nude for GQ magazine back in 2000. And so to suggest that Trump would never respect, and that Giuliani wouldn’t respect, anybody who’s ever sold her body for sexual exploitation — I’m not comparing the two, posing nude is not the same as being a porn star. But, come on!”

“Being an adult film star does not make you a liar,” Kelly concluded.

Chris Sosa is the Senior Editor at AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.

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