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 calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone 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 GarlandThe Hill's Morning Report — Category 5 Mueller storm to hit today McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video Hatch warns 'dangerous' idea of court packing could hurt religious liberty 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 Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiTrump pushes back on impeachment talk: 'Tables are finally turning on the Witch Hunt!' Moulton enters 2020 White House race Trump takes aim at Dem talk of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars Dem legal analyst says media 'overplayed' hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for 'professional' press conference 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 McConnellThe Mueller report is a deterrent to government service Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age 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.