Michael Avenatti announced that he is out of the race for president in 2020 even though he never officially entered the race to begin with.
Avenatti became a household name as Stormy Daniels attorney in her legal battles with President Donald Trump. Because the lawyer had such a contentious relationship with the president, many hinted that he should run for president against Trump in 2020.
Of course, Avenatti did nothing but add fuel to those fires by making visits to Iowa and posting several heavyhanded tweets.
2016: Fool us once, shame on him.
2020: Fool us twice, shame on us.#MakeAmericaAmericaAgain
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 16, 2018
Off topic – the candidate in 2020 better be a take no prisoners street fighter who is prepared to go 15 rounds in a VERY brutal campaign. It will be a cage match like no other in modern times. The future of the republic may depend on it.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) June 27, 2018
No career politician is going to beat Trump in 2020. Especially one that is not aggressive and can’t go toe to toe with him. You can’t beat Trump by preaching puppies & daisies. You have to inspire but you MUST be aggressive and confront Trump on his lies and corruption.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) November 7, 2018
Although Avenatti may have been laying the groundwork for a presidential bid, his recent legal run-ins seem to have derailed his White House hopes.
The lawyer made headlines after he was arrested after being accused of domestic violence. He denies the accusations and the courts dropped any felony charges related to the incident, meaning he would only be guilty of a misdemeanor if the judge rules against him.
As IJR previously reported, Avenatti was also attacked by his client Stormy Daniels. Daniels claimed that Avenatti was misusing her GoFundMe money and that he pursued a defamation case against Trump without her consent. Although this could be grounds for a malpractice suit against Avenatti, the two seem to have made up.
Still, these clouds, along with an unsolved child support and financial debt issues, seem to have been too much for Avenatti to handle along with a presidential bid.
He took to Twitter to post his announcement, claiming he won’t run out of respect for his family. Avenatti also laid down some heavy criticisms of the Democratic Party.
Please see my statement below regarding 2020. pic.twitter.com/ztCfZUY6hA
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) December 4, 2018
“I remain concerned that the Democratic Party will move toward nominating an individual who might make an exceptional President but has no chance of actually beating Donald Trump. The party must immediately recognize that many of the likely candidates are not battle tested and have no real chance at winning. We will not prevail in 2020 without a fighter. I remain hopeful the party finds one.”
Although Avenatti is not up to the task of running, that doesn’t mean there aren’t several Democrats ready to take on Trump. Those leading in one early poll are former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Sen. Kamala Harris.