Avenatti won’t 'fix' US politics by acting like Trump, says progressive activist

Progressive Igor Volsky argues that Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, Michael Avenatti, isn’t going to make the current contentious political environment any better by behaving like President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE.

"My problem with Avenatti is that he thinks he can fix American politics by acting like Trump and I strongly disagree with that,” Volsky, the director of activist group Guns Down, told Hill.TV “Rising” co-hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton.

“I think we need to bring back decency and standards and a certain level of decorum and not hurl insults at each other,” he added.

Volsky thinks the controversial lawyer needs to “go away,” and called for the mainstream media to stop perpetuating the situation by giving him more attention.

“I also need the mainstream media to stop quoting him as this big Democratic insider who is running for office and getting his opinion on things because I think Avenatti is out for Avenatti,” the progressive activist said.

Avenatti is currently on the campaign trail exploring a potential run for president in 2020, and has been making trips to key primary states like Iowa.

The celebrity lawyer faced two legal setbacks on Monday. A federal judge ordered Avenatti to pay $4.85 million in a dispute with former colleague Jason Frank, who sued him over an unpaid debt.

Avenatti, claimed in a statement to The Hill that his former colleague owes him and his law firm, Avenatti & Associates, $12 million.

The Los Angeles Times also reported that the lawyer faced a court order evicting him and his staff from their offices after allegedly failing to pay rent. The court order involved the law firm Eagan Avenatti, according to the report.

Avenatti told the Los Angeles Times that he hadn’t owned Eagan Avenatti for months but he refused to identify the new owner.

Avenatti told The Hill in an email that "My firm is Avenatti and Associates," adding "We have not been evicted from any place," referring to his current firm.

— Tess Bonn