Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti on Friday gave attendees at an Iowa Democratic fundraiser a glimpse of what his potential presidential campaign might look like.
The attorney, who frequently mocks and criticizes President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE on Twitter and in his many television appearances, suggested he would differ from Democratic candidates who “have a tendency to bring nail clippers to a gunfight.”
"When they go low, I say, we hit harder,” Avenatti said while speaking at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner, a traditional stop for Democratic presidential hopefuls, according to CNN.
Avenatti has been in the national spotlight for his legal representation of Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, in her lawsuits against Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen. Daniels is suing the pair for defamation, and to void a nondisclosure agreement about the affair she claims she had with the president.
But in recent weeks, some have called for Avenatti to mount a presidential bid of his own. The Iowa appearance proves he is taking the suggestion seriously, telling The Des Moines Register on Thursday: "I’m exploring a run for the presidency of the United States.”
At the fundraiser, Avenatti backed up his past comments that he could be a “fighter” in a bid against Trump. He said in his remarks that while many Democrats have pushed for candidates to “do just the opposite of Donald Trump,” the country is under “an unprecedented assault” that calls for a stronger stance.
“Tonight, with our country under an unprecedented assault by a con man who fights only for himself and degrades the vulnerable and the powerless and regular hardworking people day in and day out, I believe that we must honestly ask ourselves as a party whether those we fight for can afford our gentleness,” he said. "The moment we are living in is grave. It is critical. Trump doesn't have the character, the heart, the knowledge or the wisdom to be President of the United States of America."
Democratic leaders have attempted to push candidates to focus on the issues, rather than on countering Trump. That sentiment has also come through in House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi says House members would not vote on spending bill topline higher than Senate's McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE’s (D-Calif.) opposition to impeachment proceedings.
During his Iowa visit, Avenatti also met with Democratic figures and visited the Iowa State Fair, according to CNN – both moves indicative of a presidential run.