Bursting the Avenatti bubble
It’s time for Democrats to show celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti the door, said Ed Kilgore. Stormy Daniels’ belligerent, Trump-trolling lawyer is acting as if he really believes he’s a genuine candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination. Avenatti has met with political consultants and even visited the key primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire. Some Democrats, tired of seeing Trump beat up his opponents, are buying Avenatti’s argument that they need “their own Trump” to win back the White House. But do Democrats really want to run their own shady bully for president? Like Trump, Avenatti has a dodgy financial history; he’s accused of owing millions in unpaid taxes. He’s already had one of Daniels’ harassing lawsuits against Trump dismissed, with Daniels ordered to pay Trump’s legal fees. Avenatti also undermined the credible sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh by bringing in a client with dubious accusations. To run a candidate as recklessly combative as Trump only plays into the president’s hands, “eliminating the undertow of basic decency that keeps his approval ratings underwater.” Democrats have a real chance in 2020—if they run a qualified, smart, likable candidate voters can respect, not a mirror image of Trump.