Avenatti: Trump fighting harder for wall than Dems did for Merrick Garland

Michael Avenatti, a Democratic activist and the attorney representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her suit against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE, appeared to chide Democrats on Saturday while comparing their political efforts to those of Trump.

“If only my fellow Dems had fought as half as hard for Judge Garland as Trump is fighting for the wall...” Avenatti tweeted, referring to Democratic efforts to put former President Obama's pick, Judge Merrick GarlandMerrick Brian GarlandLaw professor: Court-packing should be 'last resort' Here's how senators can overcome their hyperpartisanship with judicial nominees McConnell campaign criticized for tombstone with challenger's name MORE, on the Supreme Court in 2016.

Avenatti has cast himself as a staunch opponent of the president and is a self-described “fighter,” creating a political action committee called the Fight PAC.


His tweet Saturday comes as Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill remain locked in negotiations with Trump over the president’s demand that $5.6 billion for a border wall be included in any spending bill to end a partial government shutdown that is entering its third week.

Funding for a border wall has emerged as the focal point of negotiations on Pennsylvania Avenue, but Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiAre Democrats turning Trump-like? Pelosi hits Trump, Netanyahu for 'weakness' amid tensions over Omar and Tlaib In Hong Kong, the need for peaceful persistence MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerAppropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid Colorado candidates vying to take on Gardner warn Hickenlooper they won't back down Trump ahead of New Hampshire speech: Lewandowski would be 'fantastic' senator MORE (D-N.Y.) have both said they would not agree to allocate any additional funds for the wall.

Trump dug in on his demand Saturday ahead of a third meeting this week with congressional leaders, saying Democrats “could solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time.” 

Obama nominated Garland in 2016 to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the court. However, the GOP Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellAre Democrats turning Trump-like? House Democrat calls for gun control: Cities can ban plastic straws but 'we can't ban assault weapons?' Churches are arming and training congregants in response to mass shootings: report MORE (R-Ky.), refused to vote on his nomination, saying it would be inappropriate to do so during an election year. Democrats were vocal in their displeasure but did not have the numbers to force a vote.

When Trump took office, he revoked Garland's nomination and instead nominated conservative Neil Gorsuch for the spot. McConnell later invoked the “nuclear option” — reducing the threshold to confirm Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to 50 votes — to get him confirmed.