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Michael Avenatti calls on Democrats to fight back

Michael Avenatti Michael Avenatti
Jeannette Daniel | 13 August, 2018, 10:21

Michael Avenatti, the self-styled provocateur taking on the president for porn actress Stormy Daniels, has told Iowa Democrats that the party needs a bare-knuckle fighter to take back the White House.

Avenatti has entertained the possibility of running for president before, tweeting in July that he would mount a bid against President Trump "only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him".

He also said that he was not considering to run for president for publicity's sake.

Avenatti has been representing Clifford in a lawsuit against Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, claiming she was coerced to sign a deal promising to stay quiet about a sexual encounter she says she had with Trump. The attorney is indeed in Iowa, and on Friday he'll be an invited speaker at the Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser, which has previously attracted the likes of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Barack Obama. She is suing to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.

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'What I fear for this Democratic Party that I love is that we have a tendency to bring nail clippers to gunfights, ' Avenatti told an enthusiastic crowd in the Surf Ballroom and Museum. Like Trump, Avenatti is a brash political outsider with a natural talent for cable television news, a blistering Twitter feed and a knack for a catchy slogan. And he argues that while he has no background in politics, "I might argue that I'm certainly more well-versed in many concepts of government and the law than our sitting president".

'I wanted to see him in person because I think he might be president one day, ' said Beverly Carlson, 66.

He said that while he's in Iowa he intends to deliver a message urging Democrats to take on Trump and his policies directly. "I think it's going to be fun, it's going to be entertaining and I think he's got something important to say".

Then, turning to the panel, she said simply "okay" before Frank Bruni, New York Times columnist, noted that he is not sure if he "believes that at all" because of Avenatti's penchant for manipulating the media.

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