By Bryan Chai
I am not the biggest believer that justice will prevail in politics, but I may have to reassess my beliefs after the way Democrats have so quickly turned on notorious lawyer Michael Avenatti following Brett Kavanaugh’s successful confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Just to be clear here, there are no good guys in this story. Just a lot of bad guys — and one really bad guy getting his comeuppance.
Avenatti rose to infamy when he began representing porn star Stormy Daniels, who has accused President Donald Trump of having a sexual encounter with her and paying her off to remain silent.
Along the way, Avenatti has proven himself to be more capable of garnering negative headlines than doing any demonstrable damage to Trump. Fox News’ Tucker Carlson dubbed Avenatti the “creepy porn lawyer,” and that has gained more traction than anything else that Avenatti has accomplished.
It’s that bumbling, circus-like atmosphere that seems to follow Avenatti around like a pungent odor that has Democrats decrying the man now.
“Well you know at some point there were a lot of folks coming forward making all sorts of accusations,” Sen. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, told CNN. “It turns it into a circus atmosphere and certainly that’s not where we should be.”
Peters was referring to when Avenatti came forward with Julie Swetnick, a woman who claimed to have witnessed Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, attend at least 10 parties in high school. She also claimed to have seen lines of boys standing outside of a room to take turns sexually assaulting incapacitated girls, with Kavanaugh and Judge among them.
However, Swetnick’s testimony quickly fell apart when she refused to say if Kavanaugh and Judge actually participated in the assaults. She also could not name any witnesses who could corroborate her story.
For many, it was a clear sign that the Kavanaugh scandal had officially jumped the shark with baseless accusations getting more coverage than actual investigatory findings.
“I think we should have focused on the serious allegations that certainly appeared very credible to me that would be our best course of action,” Peters told CNN, after being asked if he felt that Avenatti’s accusations helped or hurt their case against Kavanaugh.
Other Democratic figures were far sharper with their criticisms of Avenatti.
“Democrats and the country would have been better off if Mr. Avenatti spent his time on his Iowa vanity project rather than meddling in Supreme Court fights,” a senior Senate Democratic aide told CNN, referring to the idea that Avenatti is actually considering trying for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, and exploring an Iowa primary bid in the process. “His involvement set us back, absolutely.”
Another anonymous Democratic senator bluntly described Avenatti as “not helpful at all.”
The best part of all of this is that Avenatti has fired back at the Democrats, calling them “cowards.”
“It is outrageous that these so-called Democrats would attack a sexual assault victim from coming forward,” Avenatti responded to CNN. “I guess their position is that she should have shut her mouth and remained silent? It is disgusting that these cowards blame my client and the other accusers from coming forward.”
Now, it’s true that the enemy of my enemy isn’t always my friend.
But that’s not stopping me from enjoying the utter meltdown and cat-fighting between Democrats and Avenatti.
They truly deserve each other.