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 TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 GarlandGOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees New battle lines in war over Trump’s judicial picks Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab 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.

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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 PelosiBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' Winners and losers in the border security deal House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency Christie: Trump doesn’t give nicknames to people he respects 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 McConnellBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' Winners and losers in the border security deal House passes border deal, setting up Trump to declare emergency 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.