Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in her legal fight against President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, was added Thursday to the list of scheduled speakers at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding, a favorite spot for potential presidential contenders.
Avenatti was added Thursday morning to the event’s website, which describes him as a “high profile American attorney” alongside declared 2020 challengers such as Rep. John DelaneyJohn DelaneyThe Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says country needs to rethink what ‘policing’ means; US cases surpass 2 million with no end to pandemic in sight Minnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen The Hill’s Coronavirus Report: Singapore Minister for Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan says there will be consequences from fraying US-China relations; WHO walks back claims on asymptomatic spread of virus MORE (D-M.D.) and Andrew Yang, as well as potential candidate Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanMinnesota AG Keith Ellison says racism is a bigger problem than police behavior; 21 states see uptick in cases amid efforts to reopen Congress must fill the leadership void Pelosi pushes to unite party on coronavirus bill despite grumbling from left MORE (D-Ohio).
The group did not issue a statement coinciding with Avenatti’s addition to the roster, but retweeted a message from the attorney declaring that he was “extremely honored” to be added to the list of speakers.
I look forward to speaking at the Iowa State Democratic Wing Ding next month. Extremely honored to be included as one of the speakers. It promises to be a great event as always! #Basta #FightClub
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) July 26, 2018
A request for comment to the event’s organizers from The Hill was not immediately answered. Avenatti has previously suggested that he is considering a run for president in 2020 to oppose Trump, whom he has stated will be brought down by the multiple investigations surrounding his campaign and former associates.
“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,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter earlier this month. “We can’t relive 2016. I love this country, our values and our people too much to sit by while they are destroyed.”
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Avenatti has also suggested that only a “street fighter” such as himself would have a shot against Trump in 2020, as the president’s aggressive campaign style shocked many in 2016 and was credited by some for his eventual victories in the GOP primary and the general election.
“Be clear — only a street fighter has a chance at displacing the ‘King,’” Avenatti wrote. “Otherwise, this country and its principles will be in pieces and non-recognizable.”
The 2015 Iowa Wing Ding was attended by all three major Democratic candidates of that presidential cycle: former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.), and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.