Stormy Daniels for President? Lawyer Michael Avenatti hints 2020 could be on!
The attorney apparently wants to see Trump out of office so badly that he's willing to take matters into his own hands
Adult star Stormy Daniel's personal attorney Michael Avenatti says Democrats are in need of a "street fighter" if they have to challenge a heavyweight like President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential race. What's more? He thinks he's the man for the job and is now 'giving serious thought' to run for the most powerful office in the world in the next general election.
Avenatti is calling the next presidential election a David vs. Goliath bout, wherein he would be the underdog taking on the evil giant, Trump.
"Let us remember that Donald Trump beat 16 very experienced politicians on his way to the White House — governors, senators, members of the House — and he also beat the most qualified candidate in the history of the United States, in my view, Hillary Clinton," he said on Wednesday in an interview with The Hill.
We had a tremendous crowd last night. Thank you @PhilippeReines @AdamParkhomenko @Alyssa_Milano and so many others for making it a reality. We must all demand answers as to why Mr. Trump continues to choose Putin and Russia over us! #Basta https://t.co/HXk0ZO0bVu via @YouTube— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 18, 2018
"I've been fighting on behalf of David versus Goliaths. I have dealt with complex legal matters, assembled teams of people to successfully prosecute those cases, and I'm also smart enough to know what I don't know and smart enough to surround myself with quality people. I'm smarter because I take their advice," The Hill quoted him as saying.
"If (big) he seeks re-election, I will run, but only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him," Avenatti tweeted on Wednesday after someone asked when he would announce his proposed run. "We can't relive 2016. I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed," he replied to another user.
That said, thanks to his numerous TV appearances and fervent tweeting while rooting for adult star Stormy Daniels, the 47-year-old lawyer has become widely known for his unabashed behavior.
Avenatti rose to fame after reports of the $130,000 payment to Daniels by Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen surfaced. Although President Trump denied the alleged affair, the establishment forced Cohen to come under federal investigation, and Avenatti grabbed the opportunity to credit himself for the same.
Daniels sought to invalidate a 2016 non-disclosure agreement pertaining to the alleged affair in a lawsuit filed by Avenatti in March 2018. According to reports, the said agreement had been negotiated towards the end of Trump's presidential campaign.
The liberal firebrand is also a professional race car driver who has reportedly driven in 33 professional sportscar races and subsequently became a cable news star.
Among the Democrats who are contemplating whether they have what it takes to challenge Trump in 2020 are Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, California Sen. Kamila Harris, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Vice President Joe Biden.
But Avenatti says none of them have the firepower to beat a guy like Trump one-on-one.
According to him, Democrats need "a street fighter … someone that can give as good as they take."
The lawyer is known to blow his own trumpet when it comes to his legal career. He prides himself as a street fighter who has allegedly won against corporations, the NFL, as well as a couple of Hollywood stars.
Just had a very productive mtg in Columbus with City Atty Klein, Police Chief Jacobs, and others relating to what happened to @StormyDaniels. They have promised a thorough investigation, inc. whether it was politically motivated. Once that is complete, we will decide next steps.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 18, 2018
"I'm not a guy that was born with a silver spoon in my mouth and a real estate portfolio in Manhattan," Avenatti, who graduated from University of Pennsylvania and GWU law school, told the AP. "I'm a street fighter with an Ivy League degree."
Of course, he has never held political office before.
Although he has come to be known as a fierce critic of the US commander-in-chief, what he probably doesn't know is that it takes infrastructure, fundraising prowess, and organization to run a political campaign on a national level.
Having said that, about 73 percent of Democrats reportedly want a 'fresh face' as their next presidential nominee, according to a Rasmussen poll that came out this week.
And so, Avenatti asserted that he has been consulting experts about what it would take to run the said race.
"I'm talking to a lot of folks, seeking advice and listening to a lot of people who know about the process more than I do," he told The Hill newspaper.
He spoke before a crowd of protestors in Lafayette Park outside the White House Tuesday night.
This is what happens when we have a president that does not even understand the rule of law, let alone follow it. His conduct is disgraceful and he should be ashamed. Enough is Enough. This nightmare for the United States should be brought to an end. #FightClub #Basta— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 16, 2018
"Our troops didn't die in Yorktown, didn't take Normandy beach, didn't rebuild Europe and secure the postwar peace that you are now destroying, Mr. President, for you to live as a Manchurian candidate in our White House," he said.
Reportedly, the protest was organized by Adam Parkhomenko, who co-founded the super PAC Ready For Hillary Clinton, and in part by Philippe Reines, a longtime Hillary adviser.
"I'm being asked to participate in those types of events, and I'm honored," Avenatti said.
He does have more followers on Twitter (around 600,000) than quite a few U.S. senators who are seen as long-shot presidential candidates.
However, Basil Smikle, a Democratic strategist, has valid doubts.
“He appears to be a talented lawyer, but what is he going to offer the American people as a candidate?" he asks.
He further adds: "What will he do for black youth, the economically depressed? Haven’t we learned that some track record is important? Our grand experiment with thinking out of the box should be over.”