Porn star, Coolio launching 2020 White House bid
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A porn star and a rapper say they have what it takes to win the White House in 2020.

Cherie DeVille, who’s starred in such videos as “Ass Planet” and “Hot Tub Hottie,” says she was inspired to run for office out of her “personal frustration for the current political climate.”

When Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE won the election last year, DeVille — who’s running alongside rapper Coolio — says she sobbed. “I didn’t cry because I hated [Trump] specifically, I cried because of what I felt that meant for the direction our country was going in.”

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“We’re voting for people as if we’re on a reality television show, and my concern is if we continue to purely vote for celebrities, or political figures, or the most entertaining, they’re not always going to be quality politicians,” DeVille told ITK on Tuesday.

 

So the 39-year-old adult film performer decided to toss her hat in the political ring, saying she’s planning on running as a Democrat.

“If our criteria now for becoming a political official is minor celebrity, I have that,” says DeVille, who boasts 190,000 Twitter followers. “I feel like I can be potentially what I’m feeling the American people — for better or for worse — want, which is interesting news, scandalous news, you know, not ‘boring’ political news.”

“But at the same time [I can] do what the American people really need,” she continues, which is “having a person with integrity, and having someone listen to the people, and actually care about America in public office.”

A former physical therapist, DeVille — whose campaign slogan is “Make America F------ Awesome Again” — says a lot of people “giggle” when they learn that “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper Coolio is running as her VP.

“He’s lived and exemplifies what I consider the American dream,” DeVille says. While a rep for DeVille told ITK the Grammy winner wasn’t available for comment on the 2020 campaign, Coolio told Los Angeles’s KESQ-TV in a recent interview, “We need normal, regular, everyday people in office.”

When pressed on whether DeVille was making a legitimate White House run versus a PR stunt, she responded, “I am going to actually run for president.”

But, the Washington, D.C., native admits the original intention with her trading porn for politics was to “start a dialogue” about stereotypes against sex workers: “I just want to challenge the public opinion that a sex worker, just because they’re a sex worker, couldn’t be in public office.”

While she hasn’t filed any intention to run documents with the Federal Election Commission (FEC), DeVille insists, “It’s evolved into a real and realistic run for president.” 

Filing with the FEC sets up a fundraising vehicle for a campaign. It’s a necessary part of the process: Trump raised more than $350 million in his 2016 bid. A handful of unknown candidates have already filed 2020 paperwork, but no major candidate outside of Rep. John DelaneyJohn Kevin DelaneyLawmakers introduce bipartisan AI legislation This is the only solution to fixing America's crumbling infrastructure GOP tax bill: Wrong debate at the ​wrong time MORE (D-Md.) has done so.

So does DeVille think a porn star has a realistic shot at a potential run against Trump?

“Before Trump was president, I would’ve laughed at that question,” she says.

“But now, you know, for better or for worse, America loved this past election season. Even 18- and 19-year-olds that I perform with had a pulse on what was going on in America,” DeVille says.

DeVille credits that “purely to the fact that [Trump’s] a celebrity. He’s a character and he made the news interesting.”

She says she can do the same, along with being a candidate that has the “goals and hopes and dreams of the American people in mind — not my own narcissistic, personal plan.”

Asked if she would give up her day job if she were to win the White House, DeVille replies, “I believe that the presidency is a full-time job. I can’t imagine doing that part-time.”

 

Megan R. Wilson contributed.