fb-pixel

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who emerged as national figure by representing porn star Stormy Daniels, is weighing a challenge to President Trump in 2020.

In a series of tweets and media interviews on Wednesday, Avenatti said he would run against Trump if he seeks reelection and no one else steps up with a good chance of defeating him.

In another tweet, Avenatti downplayed his lack of political experience, citing Trump’s success at defeating Republican primary opponents.

Besides representing Daniels, who received a $130,000 payment in exchange for her silence about an alleged decade-old affair with Trump, Avenatti has taken on another clients in recent months with a connection to Trump.

Advertisement



They include John Melendez, the comedian who claimed to prank call Trump on Air Force One, and several dozen parents who have been separated from their children as result of Trump administration immigration policies.

Appearing on CNN on Wednesday, Avenatti suggested part of his presidential platform would be related to the latter group.

“I am interested in talking about ripping kids from the sides of their mothers,” he said. “I am interested in having allies laugh at us around the world. I am interested in where all those jobs are that he promised Americans in key electoral states. I am interested in pro-choice and a whole host of other issues.

“So look, I hope somebody that’s competent enough to beat this guy . . . steps forward,” he added. “If they don’t, I will.”

Last month, Avenatti tweeted about the kind of candidate he thought could beat Trump in an election.