News & Opinion | July 5, 2018 11:15 am

Michael Avenatti Floats Presidential Challenge to Trump in 2020

Stormy Daniels' lawyer pledges to run if he thinks no one else can stop Trump's reelection.

Michael Avenatti
Michael Avenatti is facing multiple charges of extortion. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/ Getty)
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Michael Avenatti, known for representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels, now says he is considering a challenge to President Trump in 2020. Through tweets and interviews on the Fourth of July, Avenatti said he would run against Trump if the president seeks reelection and no one else steps up with a good chance of beating him, reports the Washington Post. 

IF (big) he seeks re-election, I will run, but only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him. We can’t relive 2016. I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed. #FightClub #Basta

Avenatti later downplayed his lack of political experience, saying that Trump successfully beat out other Republican primary opponents.

Avenatti represents Daniels, who received a $130,000 payment in exchange for her silence about an alleged, decade-old affair with Trump, but he also has taken on other clients in recent months with a connection to Trump. The lawyer is now representing John Melendez, a comedian who claimed to prank-call Trump on Air Force One, as well as several dozen parents who have been separated from their children because of the Trump’s administration’s new “zero tolerance” immigration policy.