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Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels who has openly feuded with President Trump and his attorneys, announced in an interview Thursday he is looking into a run for the presidency — and, he says, he hopes people take him “seriously.”

“I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States, and I wanted to come to Iowa and listen to people and learn about some issues that are facing the citizens of Iowa and do my homework,” Avenatti told the Des Moines Register.

Iowa is a key early battleground state in presidential contests. Avenatti was attending the Iowa State Fair on Thursday, ahead of the Democratic Wing Ding fundraiser on Friday night. That event hosted Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in 2015, and Politico wrote at the time that Clinton had “crushed her speech,” drawing several standing ovations and “swaying the doubters” in her candidacy.

“I would never think to come to Iowa in order to use the state or the people of the state to raise my profile,” Avenatti told the paper. “And obviously if I do this, then I intend to work hard and I know that ultimately the trust of the citizens of Iowa is going to have to be earned.”

Avenatti has raised his national profile in a variety of ways in recent months, including by making a slew of media appearances, engaging in public Twitter fights with Trump’s attorneys, and even teaming up with a Hillary Clinton fixer to protest outside the White House with pots, pans, and high-capacity air horns.

He previously had floated trial balloons about a bid for the White House. On July 4, Avenatti claimed on Twitter he would run against Trump “only if I think that there is no other candidate in the race that has a REAL chance at beating him.”

In an email to Fox News at the time, Avenatti claimed that he had been “approached by both the Republican and Democratic parties” about being a 2020 candidate.

Later that month, Avenatti called Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani a “train wreck of a lawyer,” after Giuliani called him a “desperate” liar. The spat emerged in the wake of reported claims, by former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, that Cohen had arranged to buy Daniels’ silence.

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in March, claiming the nondisclosure agreement she signed concerning an alleged Trump liaison wasn’t valid because it lacked a Trump signature.

She later sued Trump for defamation, saying he unfairly hurt her reputation by dismissing as a “con job” her account of being threatened into silence about her story in 2011.

Avenatti told the Des Moines Register that his combative style would be a potential asset in a presidential run: “I think the party has yearned for a fighter — a fighter for good, if you will — for a significant period of time. And for many, I’m probably seen as that individual.

“I would like to think people would take me seriously,” he added. “And I think, hopefully, the message that I deliver tomorrow night will be well received by Iowa Democrats.”

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  1. Kilroy Was Here

    August 11, 2018 at 3:38 am

    Is this turncoat aware that many explorers go out looking, but some have never returned due to never finding zip but open space.

    • Betty

      August 11, 2018 at 6:23 am

      I don’t know what world he’s living in when he says destroyed. Economy is booming, unemployment is lowest in years.

  2. CMarie Tisme

    August 11, 2018 at 3:50 am

    What a moronic opportunist.

  3. Pj

    August 11, 2018 at 3:56 am

    What a loser. We already had a liar in the white house for eight years. Don’t need another Scum bag.

  4. William Dorich

    August 11, 2018 at 4:13 am

    “Explore a run for the presidency?” no, what this moron means is he wants to “EXPLOIT” our political system as though he has not already done that with the Trollop he represents who had sex with the president ten years before he became president as if any of us really cares about Donald Trump’s sex life…he was a well know young, handsome, rich man with multiple sex partners with some of the most beautiful women in the world and this moron tries to make that a political fault…we did not elect a CHOIR BOY and that is why so many Americans could see well beyond these sleazy tactics or are we all pretending not to notice the sexual proclivities of President Kennedy, President Clinton, President Johnson, or the elected sleaze bags like Congressman Anthony Weiner who showed his Weiner over the Internet and and had sexual relationships with children. Are we ignoring the faggots in Washington like Barney Frank, Steve Gunderson, Gerry Studs, Harris Wofford, Jim Kolbe and Mark Takano…Or famous movie people like Weinstein, DiNero and Spacey…Are we ignoring that ugly photo taken at Comic Relief of Joy Behar grabbing the DICK of the late Robin Williams? So it appears that some people actually do these things instead of just bragging about them in the locker room. I hope Avenatti does run for the White House, it will be fun watching Trump tear him limb from limb…

  5. Sue Barbour

    August 11, 2018 at 4:13 am

    Nobody in their right mind would vote for this scumbag lawyer. He needs to stick to defending old washed up porn stars.

    • Dyno

      August 11, 2018 at 4:37 am

      Just gives me a reason to vote for Trump again, just as Hillary did.

  6. John Campbell

    August 11, 2018 at 4:44 am

    And people wonder why the Democrat party is in near collapse.

  7. SoCal Lady

    August 11, 2018 at 5:17 am

    Avanetti you’ve got to be joking….LOL he is backed by Soros that is why he wants to run…Soros is the ATM for this joker!!!!!!! MAGA TRUMP2020

  8. Sharon Steiner

    August 11, 2018 at 5:35 am


  9. Mrs B

    August 11, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Oh, yes! Please do! You smarmy enemy of the people! You’ll be laughed out of the country! What a joke!

  10. Bobby

    August 11, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Avenatti’s running mate will most likely be Stormy Daniels. I’m thinking about opening a “Go Fund Me” page for my Dog to run against him.

    • Wyatt

      August 12, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      No, Stormy is to be his First Bimbo . His wife has filed for divorce and he needs some eye candy . She’s there to counteract the glare of his chrome dome

  11. Dig Bick

    August 11, 2018 at 6:52 am

    Makes no difference to me. This scumbag representative of a washed up whore, hooker, stripper, prostitute or………… Hillary. Both are of the same moral character. Hey, I know, how about an Avenatti/Hillary ticket! And the sad part is that this Avenatti/Hillary ticket is probably the BEST the commie democrats can muster in 2020!

  12. mike dar

    August 11, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Let me tell you what is actually transpiring, he will be running out of Chicago under the DNC criminal gang, or N.Y.C., get donations galore, berate Trump endlessly, the DNC will make sure his IRS debts are paid for, his housing is paid for, transportation, clothing, food… and then he will withdraw…
    All debts paid, rich, and liberal Judges will protect him from any future legal entanglements.
    Dems will love him, forget him and life will go on.

  13. Kamkoz

    August 11, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Another loud mouth attorney thinking about running for president. We all know what happens to the country when a lawyer is at the helm.
    You would think people would learn…..

  14. Michael Arnouville

    August 11, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    This guy is so full of himself! His practice in Newport Beach is bankrupted and his partner is claiming he was never paid! His claim to fame is representing a porn star!! I gotta stop, my sides hurt from laughing!!


    August 12, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    BRAVO. And Vice President the cheap prostitute Stormy Daniels. Get out of here you IDIOT.

  16. boyd

    August 12, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    He must have some concerns that nobody can beat Trump since he will run only if “nobody who has a real chance of beating him will run” which implies he is still stepping in “if and when”. Makes him already weaker than Trump.

    He hasn’t got a chance.

    Here is something else people are not considering: Trump ran without any experience or understanding of what he will run into while in office. Even he admitted it was a lot worse and harder than he thought. But now that he will have nearly four years of practical experience, watch out, Trump will be more formidable than ever!!

  17. Jeremiah Rasmussen

    August 12, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    Losers getting their 15 minutes of fame is getting way out of control.

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