President Donald Trump may hope that 'all sharks die,' but it appears that many people don't have the same death wish for the ocean predators.

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People are donating to shark charities in Trump’s name

Apparently not everyone hates sharks as much as Trump.


Andrew Wyrich


Published Jan 24, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 3:36 am CDT

President Donald Trump may hope that “all sharks die,” but it appears that many people don’t have the same death wish for the ocean predators.

Last week, InTouch Weekly released a full transcript of their interview with adult film actress Stormy Daniels, where she discusses an affair with Trump. In it, Daniels recounted how the now-president is “terrified of sharks.”

Daniels said she met with Trump in Beverly Hills where he was “obsessed” with an episode of Shark Week that apparently depicted the worst shark attack in history. That’s when he made his hatred of sharks clear, Daniels remembered.

“I donate to all these charities and I would never donate to any charity that helps sharks. I hope all the sharks die,’” Daniels said he told her.

Well, not everyone feels the same way.

MarketWatch reports that the president’s anti-shark stance has resulted in a boost of donations for nonprofits like Atlantic White Shark Conservancy and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

“We have been receiving donations in Trump’s name since the story was published,” Cynthia Wilgren, chief executive officer and co-founder of Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, told the news outlet.

Another shark nonprofit founder, Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said Trump’s fear of the ocean predators was unfounded. In fact, he told the news outlet, Trump’s favorite activity–golf–is actually more dangerous than sharks.

“Quite a few more die from lightning strikes and bee stings while playing golf than from sharks,” Watson said.

You can read MarketWatch’s article about the donations uptick here.

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*First Published: Jan 24, 2018, 8:36 am CST