Adult-film star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, who has been interviewed with CNN nearly five dozen times over the span of two months—seems like is running for president, and as expected, his perfectly crafted platform will present him as the perfect progressive solution to Trump.
Though Avenatti released his platform to promote him as a man who is willing to stand toe-to-toe with Trump and to deliver the counter-attacks that none of Trump’s rivals could possibly land, he clarifies that though he has the same combative personality as Trump, he opposes him in every other way.
Avenatti’s platform includes:
Preventing any effort to build a wall on the southern border
- “Medicare For All” (a la Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)
- Support for “a woman’s right to choose” and condemnation of any attempt to repeal Roe v. Wade
- 100% support for unions
- “Sensible gun control“
- “Restor[ing] America’s place in the world” post-Trump
Despite the issue of jobs, which Avenatti, naturally, says that his priority is creating, he makes sure to present Trump’s considerable advancement on jobs as a sham because they aren’t “quality” enough.
Here’s the full list of platform positions he posted Tuesday:
Many have asked me my position on various issues. Below is a summary of where I stand. This is not an exhaustive list and more positions & details will follow. Most importantly, I didn't have to hire a pollster or political consultant to tell me what to say or what to believe. pic.twitter.com/hbXj1Vv3O9
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) August 14, 2018
The Daily Beast’s coverage of Avenatti’s announcement presents a review of the escalation of his presidential ambitions, and states that he already managed to draw crowds:
Last month, Avenatti indicated that he’d make a run at the presidency if Trump ran for re-election. And then last week he told The Des Moines Register that he was “exploring” a run while attending a major Democratic fundraiser in Iowa largely seen as the “unofficial kick-off of 2020 Iowa Caucus campaigning.”
And judging by that crowd in Iowa, Avenatti seems to have some support already. “I think he should jump right in,” Mary Cole, attendee of Iowa’s Wing Ding Dinner told The Daily Beast. “I think we need someone who can beat Trump … Michael Avenatti I think can handle Trump. Michael Avenatti is much smarter.”
His followers are clearly enthused:
His logical approach is sexy because we are so damn starved for it. It seems like forever since we had competent leadership.
— Wendy Spuler (@wendyspuler) August 14, 2018
Avenatti's the epitome of cool.
— Miz Kit's #goodtrouble 💙 (@MizKit2) August 14, 2018
But others didn’t take Avenatti’s release of his platform seriously as he expected.
— Jeremiah Stephan Dunleavy IV (@JerryDunleavy) August 14, 2018
But as Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro notes, in this hysterical era, “Avenatti For President” isn’t all that crazy:
If all that matters in Democrat-world is opposition to Trump, Avenatti’s the guy. And Avenatti enjoys insulting Trump. He looks like he’s the only guy having fun out there on the Left – because he is. He’s come from nowhere, the media have given him hundreds of thousands of dollars of airtime, and he’ll be able to brag about how he’s the only person on stage who has actually taken on Trump personally. If anger is the motivating drive for Democrats, Avenatti should be taken a lot more seriously than Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). What better revenge on Trump than electing the lawyer for the porn star he once screwed?