Michael Avenatti, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels’ lawyer and a public critic of President Donald Trump, is getting serious consideration from MSNBC as the next President of the United States, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Avenatti traveled to the Iowa State Fair and said Thursday he is considering a run for the presidency, touting his ability to “take the fight to this president.” MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” devoted a whole segment to analyzing his chances to win, with host Nicolle Wallace asking, “Why not?”
Wallace said Avenatti’s message of being a “fighter,” telling his personal story, and connecting with voters “hit a lot of the right notes.” He talked about shaking up Washington, which Wallace closely compared to Trump’s populist rise.
Philip Rucker, the Washington Post‘s White House Bureau Chief, said Avenatti stands out among Democratic candidates for how he resembles Trump.
“You look at the field of Democrats right now, and Avenatti’s the one who stands out. He’s the one who’s not a politician,” Rucker said. “If he gives the base what they’re looking for and shows he can go toe-to-toe with Trump, he’d have a chance.”
The one panelist who disagreed on Avenatti’s prospects was Jennifer Rubin, a Washington Post columnist.
“Just because Donald Trump ran as a celebrity and has become the worst president in history, doesn’t mean the Democrats should duplicate it,” Rubin said.
She said Democrats are different from Republicans because “they do care about some of the policy issues.”
“They better get someone with a decent personality,” Rubin said. When Wallace asked who that might be, Rubin said they haven’t found one yet.
Rubin stated that Trump is the worst president in history, she must have forgotten about Barack Obama.