Not that long ago, the man Tucker Carlson has brilliantly dubbed the Creepy Porn Lawyer was riding high on a wave of liberal enthusiasm. Having become a fixture on cable news shows across the dial, Michael Avenatti was so confident about his newfound stardom that he was beginning to make serious overtures to the voters in Iowa.
Yes, the man who shot to fame by representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels was thinking about making a run for the presidency in 2020, and he wasn’t playing around. Convinced that he alone had the bite and vigor to take the fight to Donald Trump, he dismissed the naysayers, accused fellow Democrats of being wimps, and continued to show up whenever and wherever a microphone could be found.
But over the last month, Avenatti’s fortunes have taken a turn for the worse.
First, there was his desperate and disastrous attempt to insert himself into the controversial confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Avenatti managed to take the heat off Ronan Farrow and The New Yorker for their dubious story about a women accusing Kavanaugh of flashing her at a college party by doing them one better: He’d found a woman who would accuse Kavanaugh and his buddies of drugging and gang-raping women at parties throughout the 1980s!
The accuser, Julie Swetnick, turned out to be a certified fruit basket who, when confronted with her claims in an NBC interview, walked back everything until all she could accuse Kavanaugh of doing was standing around punch bowls and outside of bedrooms. Avenatti tried desperately to save face, but his stock took a tumble. Many Democrats blamed him specifically for Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
If that wasn’t bad enough, Avenatti’s OG client – Stormy Daniels – just suffered a major loss in court this week. On Monday, U.S. District Judge S. James Otero dismissed Daniels’ lawsuit against President Trump, which accused him of defamation. Avenatti and Daniels filed the lawsuit after Trump denied the porn star’s allegation that a menacing figure had threatened her in an attempt to keep her from going public about their affair. Trump mocked Daniels when she and Avenatti released a sketch of the alleged perp – a sketch that resembled no one so much as the porn star’s ex-husband.
“A total con job, playing the Fake News Media for Fools (but they know it)!” President Trump wrote in a tweet at the time.
This triggered the defamation lawsuit, which Judge Otero dismissed this week.
“If this Court were to prevent Mr. Trump from engaging in this type of ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ against a political adversary, it would significantly hamper the office of the President,” Otero wrote. “Any strongly-worded response by a president to another politician or public figure could constitute an action for defamation. This would deprive this country of the ‘discourse’ common to the political process.”
Avenatti is appealing the ruling and moving forward with a separate lawsuit on behalf of Daniels – this one in relation to the non-disclosure agreement she signed in 2016. But we have to imagine it will only be a matter of time before Daniels wakes up to the fact that she’s being taken for a ride by her sleazy, fame-hungry lawyer, who should have told her right off the bat that she doesn’t have grounds to sue the President of the United States. And perhaps, right about that time, CNN and MSNBC will kick this fraud to the curb and we’ll be rid of Creepy Porn Lawyer and his sad efforts to Be Someone.