Michael Avenatti, who’s considering a run for president in 2020, said the Democratic Party should nominate a white male to challenge President Trump.
Democrats have nominated a historic number of women and minorities in 2018, but Avenatti said that for better or worse, a white male is the best choice.
“I think it better be a white male,” he said.
He said he wishes the party could nominate someone other than a white man, but people will listen to white men more than they do to women and minorities.
“When you have a white male making the arguments, they carry more weight,” he says. “Should they carry more weight? Absolutely not. But do they? Yes.”
In a later interview with the Daily Caller, Avenatti denied making that comment to Time.
“I never said that, that’s complete bullshit. That’s my comment, complete bullshit,” he said. “No, that’s not what I said."
In a later tweet, Avenatti said white males need to "take responsibility."
"Let me be clear: I have consistently called on white males like me to step, take responsibility, and be a part of stoping the sexism and bigotry that other white males engage in," he said. "It is especially important for them to call out other white males. I make this pt in my speeches."
Let me be clear: I have consistently called on white males like me to step, take responsibility, and be a part of stoping the sexism and bigotry that other white males engage in. It is especially important for them to call out other white males. I make this pt in my speeches.— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 25, 2018
Avenatti represents porn star Stromy Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump and taunts the president on a daily basis on Twitter and cable television. In the last few months, he has traveled across the U.S., campaigning with Democrats ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
He has warned Democrats to prepare for a “brutal campaign” against Trump, rejecting former first lady Michelle Obama’s slogan, “When they go low, we go high.”
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