MYRTLE BEACH — Where Stormy Daniels goes, a tempest hasn't followed.
The adult film star has performed at a handful of clubs in the Southeast, including in Greenville, since allegations surfaced in January that she had an extramarital affair with Donald Trump years ago. She's now suing the president, arguing a non-disclosure agreement she signed isn't valid because Trump never added his signature.
But Trump’s lawyer secretly obtained a restraining order last week to prevent Daniels from speaking out about her alleged affair with Trump, according to The New York Times.
A story chock-full of salacious details that might have toppled another political figure — hush money, an affair and a pornography connection — has so far been indistinguishable from the ever-growing din of controversy surrounding the White House. As the Grand Strand awaited Daniels' arrival at Thee DollHouse on Wednesday, voters in this reliably Republican corner of South Carolina were unconcerned.
"All these stories that are coming out, I don't believe most of them, and I don't really think it makes a whole lot of difference," said Beverly Poole Griffin, a retiree who lives in Myrtle Beach and who voted for Trump in 2016. "Bill Clinton was president, and look what he did."
Clinton's alleged sexual misconduct sparked impeachment proceedings. But if news of Trump's alleged affair had come out before the 2016 election, “I don’t think people would have cared," said Gerri McDaniel, a local GOP operative who worked on Trump's campaign.
Part of the reason the story isn't having much of an impact among Trump's supporters, she said, is because the events that have been reported happened more than a decade ago.
"I don't give a rat's hiney what this girl's 'he said she said' — I don't care," McDaniel said. "I'm more concerned right now about North Korea and what’s going on right now with the tariffs."
The president is broadly popular along the Grand Strand. Horry County voted 67 percent in favor of Trump in the 2016 general election and 49 percent in favor during South Carolina's first-in-the-South GOP primary, more than double second-place finisher Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
Daniels says she began an "intimate relationship" with Trump in 2006 that continued into 2007. She said the relationship included encounters in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and Beverly Hills, California. Trump married his current wife, Melania Trump, in 2005.
Many, like Griffin, believe a constant stream of negative reports are part of a media campaign to smear Trump.
“I think there are so many stories out there now, and I honestly don’t believe even 50 percent of them are true," she said.
A few South Carolinians were still chagrined at Daniels' accusations, however.
Bennie Swans, the chairman of the Horry County Democratic Party, said the behavior the president is accused of is "irresponsible." The religious community that has supported Turmp politically had not adequately held him to account for his actions, Swans said.
"I'm more than certain that Stormy's going to put on quite a show, because she’s a show person. I don't put her down for her profession," Swans said. "But I don't think a married man at that age and stage in life should conduct himself in that manner."
Trump was able to weather one sexual misconduct scandal before the election: the "Access Hollywood" tape, on which Trump says his celebrity status entitled him to kiss women and grab them by their genitals.
The very same tape is cited in Daniels' lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday. The complaint said she wanted to share her experience with Trump with the media around the time the tape came out. Before that happened, she was approached with a $130,000 payment from Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen.
The White House’s spokeswoman, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said on Wednesday that Trump’s lawyer had already won an arbitration proceeding against the actress, whose legal name is Stephanie Clifford.
“This case has already been won in arbitration, and there was no knowledge of any payments from the president, and he has denied all these allegations,” Sanders told The New York Times.
Daniels' suit claims that she was forced into a "bogus" arbitration process.
Michael Avenatti, an attorney for Daniels, could not be reached after multiple phone calls to his office Wednesday. He told "CBS This Morning" the encounter between his client and Trump was consensual, and that Daniels just wanted the ability to tell the truth.
Details from the encounter have already been published by In Touch magazine. Daniels gave the publication an interview in 2011, before she signed a confidentiality agreement. A transcript of the conversation was not published until this year.
Avenatti also told CBS that Daniels was not motivated by money. Her suit asks for legal fees but does not specify an amount of damages.
“My client doesn’t have a desire to profit from her story," he said.
But it has still brought attention to her tour, which has carried the slogan "Making America Horny Again."
Jenny McCauley of Thee DollHouse near North Myrtle Beach said the club was flooded with calls after the suit hit the news Tuesday night.
There hadn't been much negative reaction to the booking, she said, adding she expected a typical crowd for this time of year — mostly golfers.
"It's a novelty show, it’s what’s in the news today, and it’s the entertainment business," McCauley said.