After his significant legal troubles at the beginning of the year, disgraced celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti hid from the public eye to nurse his wounds.
Now, he has shocked the nation by announcing that he’s again considering entering the presidential race.
Keeping his options open
Avenatti has been evasive so far, saying: “I don’t think I need to make a final decision for a number of months.” He has made it clear he wants Trump to go down. But his presidential aspirations could extend all the way to 2024.
He seems to think the likely candidate in 2024 will be Donald Trump, Jr. If that is the case, Avenatti wants to be the one to take him down.
Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer seems to be convinced he has the goods to be president, despite his utter lack of qualifications. In fact, you would be very hard-pressed to find people who even knew his name before the Daniels case.
Nothing going for him
Avenatti’s announcement is stunning because of how quickly his star has fallen in the last year. Once a flourishing celebrity lawyer who represented Stormy Daniels in her high-profile case against Donald Trump, his career has since gone down in flames.
Avenatti originally was mulling a presidential run in late 2019, and was polling at about 1%. But then he was accused of attempting to extort $22.5 million from Nike.
He was also indicted for wire fraud and bank fraud after embezzling $2 million dollars from his former client, NBA player Hassan Whiteside.
The disgraced attorney has also been sued by another former client, Geoffrey Johnson, for stealing $4 million dollars that the paraplegic won in a settlement.
He faces three dozen additional charges relating to financial misdeeds, and his law firm filed for bankruptcy in March of 2019. The petition in that case was rejected by a judge for being filed in “bad faith.”
He was also arrested in November 2018 for assaulting his then-girlfriend. Although he wasn’t formally charged, the drama did little to bolster his nearly irreparably damaged public image.
With all of these legal troubles dogging his heels, it’s laughable that Avenatti would even consider running for president. Although Democrats do seem to have a high tolerance for classless individuals, it’s doubtful that they will make room on the ballot for Avenatti, even against Don Jr.