Michael Avenatti bows out of 2020 ‘out of respect for my family’

· December 4, 2018  
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Michael Avenatti wants to run for president
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It appears that the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries have lost their most entertaining sideshow. “Creepy porn lawyer” and anti-Trump media darling Michael Avenatti released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying that he would not seek the presidency in the upcoming election cycle.

“After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the Presidency of the United States in 2020,” reads the attorney’s statement. “I do not make this decision lightly – I make it out of respect for my family. But for their concerns, I would run.”

There are plenty of reasons to believe that an Avenatti candidacy would be a bad move for the Left, from his client’s dumpster fire of a lawsuit against the president to the added baggage of his recent domestic violence charge, but vague familial concerns are pretty standard reasoning for announcements like this.

The 2020 primaries just got that much less entertaining for those who were already expecting a pretty comical display to begin with. However, there’s always the possibility that Avenatti will change his mind about running between now and the 2020 Iowa caucuses.

Either way, it’s hard to believe he’ll be able to go all the way from the Iowa Caucuses to Election Day without inserting himself into the news.


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Author: Nate Madden

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