Just please don’t tell us that we need to admire this person, that she’s doing some kind of civic service by coming forward to tell her story, that she’s just trying to be a good mom by talking before an audience of millions about how she spanked an obscenely wealthy reality-show host with a magazine to get him off.

By filing a lawsuit against him and threatening through her lawyer to keep the story and its salacious details in the news for months to come, Daniels may well be Donald Trump’s enemy. But she’s also his accomplice in helping to transform American public life into a sewer — or rather, in transforming it into even more of a sewer than it already was. And all of those treating Daniels as a hero are her accomplices in turn.

Have we learned anything from Daniels that we didn’t already know?