Michael Avenatti’s 2020 Plea: ‘Only a White Man Can Beat Trump.’

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Matty Mendez, Reporter

In an interview with TIME magazine, Michael Avenatti posited that the Democrat nominee for the 2020 presidential election, if the Democratic party wants any sort of chance in succeeding Trump for the presidency, “better be a white male.” And I think he knows just the white male for the job.

Michael Avenatti, entrepreneur and lawyer for notable individuals like Stormy Daniel’s, and more importantly, potential presidential candidate, has been murmuring of a 2020 presidential bid since he amassed a following in early 2016. He is a thrilling hopeful for the Oval Office come 2020 but some Democrats remain unfulfilled with seeing another cisgendered, heterosexual white male Commander in Chief.

Avenatti’s claims are a tough pill to swallow for many progressives with ambitions of a more diverse, female White House. Many would prefer a complete and absolute reboot of the Trump administration with Kamala Harris or a Kamala Harris-type. This is all to say that Avenatti’s ‘strategy’ for a blue White House is disheartening and sends a discouraging message to the objective of diversity.

The lawyer’s intentions, however, as he cleared up in a later tweet, were more of a “realistic” plan for taking the White House and in no way putting white men on a higher pedestal than the one on which they already stand. Avenatti tweeted that he has “consistently called on white males like me to step, take responsibility, and be a part of stopping the sexism and bigotry that other white males engage in,” and that he often participates in this strive for accountability with his speeches.

All the same, to state that white men like former Vice President Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and Avenatti himself are Democrats “only hope” would be to dismiss the incredibly qualified men and women of color possibly pondering a potential run.