As the lawyer representing porn actress Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti has been poking at President Trump for months now, but it wasn't until he announced he was representing a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault that Trump started firing back.
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted that Avenatti is "a third-rate lawyer," and later during a press conference, he called him a "lowlife." That didn't do anything to faze Avenatti, he told MSNBC's Ari Melber Wednesday night. "I am thoroughly enjoying living in your head rent-free, Donald Trump," he said.
Trump "knows nothing about me, he knows nothing about the last 20 years of my practice, $1 billion in verdicts and settlements," Avenatti continued. "I'm highly educated, I've been very fortunate over the years, and I would venture to say I have a hell of a lot more class than Donald Trump has ever had." When asked by Melber if it might have been better for his client's case if she went to a lawyer who is not already fighting Trump, Avenatti said he disagreed. "There's a reason why people continue to reach out to me and ask to represent them," he said. Avenatti told Melber his team is "effective" and he's "an incredible advocate" for Daniels, and "if we didn't get results, we wouldn't get hired."
Continue reading for free
We hope you're enjoying The Week's refreshingly open-minded journalism.
Subscribed to The Week? Register your account with the same email as your subscription.