Stormy Daniels lawyer and Michael Avenatti said the Democratic Party’s 2020 nominee to take on President Trump ‘better be a white male.’
Avenatti, who is pursuing a potential run against President Trump, said listeners give arguments from white male candidates ‘more weight.’
He hastened to ad in an interview with Time that he wishes the world weren’t that way.
‘I think it better be a white male,’ Avenatti told the publication.
Although he said he wished it weren’t that way, people listen to white men more than others – and it has helped him represent the porn star who claims she had an affair with Trump, whom Avenatti regularly brands a misogynist.
‘When you have a white male making the arguments, they carry more weight,’ he said. ‘Should they carry more weight? Absolutely not. But do they? Yes.’
Avenatti, who is white and male, has consistently made the case that Democrats must nominate someone who is tough enough to take on President Trump, and that he has the required thick skin from legal battles and taking on the president.
‘I don’t generally go after people offensively,’ Avenatti says in the story, ‘but if somebody comes after me, I will absolutely meet them every step of the way and then some, no question.’
He delivered his message during a year when Democrats are relying on a record number of female candidates in their bid to capture the House and try to pry back the Senate from Republicans.
Among his party’s leading potential nominees are who aren’t white males: Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts among them. There are also historic opportunities to retake statehouses with minority nominees, who include Andrew Gillum in Florida and Stacey Abrams in Georgia.
Two other leading Democrats, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, fit the bill.
The quote made the rounds on the Internet, prompting Avenatti to tweet out a response.
‘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,’ he wrote.
Trump captured the presidency in 2016 after he defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016 in the electoral vote, although she beat him in the popular vote while losing. Trump beat her by nine points among men, while she beat him by 13 points among women, according to exit polls.
President Barack Obama became the first black man elected president in 2008. His run was propelled by strong African American support in early primary states, but also a victory in the caucuses in majority-white Iowa.