Stormy Daniels’ pupils spark wild conservative conspiracy theory

The attacks against Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who says she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006, have come out in full force since her interview with 60 Minutes over the weekend.

A group of Trump-supporting women told CNN they didn’t believe her and she was just out to get money, attorneys have traded jabs on cable news, and some right-wing blogs have claimed that there are “Stormy Daniels Truthers.”

But a number of people on the right are now speculating that Daniels was high during her interview with Anderson Cooper on Sunday night.

The so-called evidence they point to? Her pupils.

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The Gateway Pundit, a far-right conservative blog, took the enormous amount of Twitter chatter about her pupils one step further–calling Daniels a “washed up porn star” and comparing pictures of her pupils to internet search results for “dilated pupils.

In a separate article, the website said Daniels “appeared to be high as a kite” during the interview.

Business Insider spoke with experts on pupil size and said there are reasons other than drugs that people’s pupils dilate–such as simply being on national television.

“It is absolutely wrong to assume that someone is on drugs (legal or illegal) based on dilated pupils,” Megan Papesh, an assistant professor at LSU told the news outlet in an email, adding: “Being interviewed for 60 Minutes is surely exciting or nerve-wracking, and both of those would reasonably cause dilation.”

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

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