Bernie: ‘My Opponents’ Want Black, White, Gay, Latino or Women Candidates ‘Regardless of What They Stand For’


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Independent Vermont Senator and potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is claiming that many of his Democratic opponents want racially and sexually diverse candidates “regardless of what they stand for.” In a lengthy profile for GQ Magazine, Sanders once again railed against what he calls “identity politics,” telling the magazine that he believes his opponents care only about fielding candidates based on race, gender, or sexuality:
In a Democratic Party that is increasingly deriving its energy—not to mention its votes—from minorities and women, Sanders remains a critic of identity politics and a firm believer that issues of race, while important, are not as salient and determinative as those of class. “There are people who are very big into diversity but whose views end up being not particularly sympathetic to working people, whether they’re white or black or Latino,” he said. “My main belief is that we need to Continue reading "Bernie: ‘My Opponents’ Want Black, White, Gay, Latino or Women Candidates ‘Regardless of What They Stand For’"

Stormy Daniels Says She Will ‘Definitely’ Fire Avenatti if Domestic Abuse Allegations are True


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Speaking at Oxford University in a clip released by CBS News,  Stormy Daniels said that if the allegations against Michael Avenatti turn out to be true, he is done as her lawyer. “I’m sure Michael’s not going to like this, but until I know all of the candidates and their platforms, I will not endorse anyone. But I am open-minded,” Daniels said one day after her lawyer’s arrest, referring to the fact that Avenatti is considering a 2020 run. Then after noting that she has been “bombarded” with information since the news broke about Avenatti’s arrest on domestic violence charges she added: “I will say that right now there are just allegations and I’m going to reserve judgment and I hope that everyone does, because trust me, I know what it feels like to be on the other end of that, until all the details are discovered.” She also acknowledged Continue reading "Stormy Daniels Says She Will ‘Definitely’ Fire Avenatti if Domestic Abuse Allegations are True"

Laura Ingraham Jokes About Avenatti’s Domestic Violence Arrest: ‘He’s a Heck of a Right Hook’


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Laura Ingraham cracked a perhaps ill-advised joke about the arrest of Michael Avenatti for alleged domestic violence this week. On The Ingraham Angle Thursday night, the Fox News host discussed Avenatti’s arrest in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence. The lawyer, best known for representing Stormy Daniels in her fight against President Donald Trump, has denied any violence. When one of Ingraham’s guests was praising Avenatti, the host jumped in: “He’s a heck of a right hook.” “No that’s not true,” he guest replied. “He’s innocent until proven guilty.” Watch above, via Fox News. Avenatti has been pushing back on media coverage of his arrest on his Twitter page:

Cenk Uygur: Avenatti Should Sue TMZ; Harvey Levin is a ‘Clear, Biased, Trump-Supporting Clown’


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Cenk Uygur shared remarkably pointed words about TMZ’s Harvey Levin Thursday when he described him as a “clear, biased, Trump-supporting clown.” What raised Uygur’s ire? TMZ’s misreporting of  Michael Avenatti’s arrest over domestic violence charges. Since breaking Wednesday the story has only become more unclear. Avenatti has vigorously denied the charges and has suggested that he is the victim of a conspiracy led by Jacob Wohl, who’s company Surefire Intelligence tweeted “Surefire Intelligence strikes again.” The original story, however, was mistakenly reported by TMZ that Avenatti had committed domestic violence against his estranged wife. That was proven untrue when Lisa Storie-Avenatti released a statement to defend Avenatti. “It’s unclear what’s really going on,” Ana Kasparian said as she discussed the known details of the story, “the original story was reported by TMZ. Harvey Levin who runs TMZ is a huge Trump supporter…that’s not to say that there was Continue reading "Cenk Uygur: Avenatti Should Sue TMZ; Harvey Levin is a ‘Clear, Biased, Trump-Supporting Clown’"

Avenatti Reportedly Has Not Ruled Out 2020 Presidential Run Despite Domestic Violence Arrest


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Stormy Daniels‘ lawyer Michael Avenatti told USA Today on Thursday that despite his arrest for domestic violence he is still considering a 2020 presidential run. “I’m still considering it,” Avenatti said in a text message to USA Today. He also said that he will not be intimidated. “The measure of a person is how they get up when they are knocked down,” Avenatti said. On Wednesday, Avenatti was arrested for domestic violence and released on bail. He strongly denies any wrongdoing. Speaking to reporters after his release, Avenatti said this claiming he was actually an advocate of women and insisting he has never struck a woman:
“I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I Continue reading "Avenatti Reportedly Has Not Ruled Out 2020 Presidential Run Despite Domestic Violence Arrest"

Hannity: Avenatti Didn’t Give ‘a Rip’ About Ruining Kavanaugh’s Life, Now It’s Come ‘Full Circle’ for Him


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For the second night in a row, Fox News’ Sean Hannity defended Stormy Daniel lawyer Michael Avenatti’s right to due process after his arrest for alleged domestic violence but then slammed him for his role in the Kavanaugh accusations. Last night, Hannity said that Avenatti deserved due process but then brought up Avenatti’s part in making claims against Kavanaugh. Then tonight, Hannity noted that things had come “full circle” for the Kavanaugh accuser who he said tried to destroy the judge’s life. “Remember it was he that pushed a phony claim from a client named Julie Swetnick,” Hannity said. “Remember they came out with that affidavit.” He added: “No evidence was ever presented. Swetnick later backtracked during an interview with NBC…It is clear that Avenatti, he wanted to derail Judge Kavanaugh’s life over these absurd claims. He should have gotten the full story and how does his own Continue reading "Hannity: Avenatti Didn’t Give ‘a Rip’ About Ruining Kavanaugh’s Life, Now It’s Come ‘Full Circle’ for Him"

Stormy Daniels Posts VERY NSFW Tweet Scolding UK Paparazzi For Shoving Camera Up Her Skirt


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On Thursday, Stormy Daniels tweeted about an incident with a member of the paparazzi about which she was clearly not happy, and the very NSFW tweet immediately rocketed across social media. It got a lot more “Likes” than it did Retweets… for obvious reasons. Again, this is Not Safe For Work. Another acronym that probably applies here is TMI. Stormy Daniels is the porn star and stripper who accused President Donald Trump of having a sexual affair with her, and whom Trump paid to keep quiet about it. Her attorney, Michael Avenatti, was arrested in Los Angeles less Continue reading "Stormy Daniels Posts VERY NSFW Tweet Scolding UK Paparazzi For Shoving Camera Up Her Skirt"

CNN’s Chris Cuomo Skips Avenatti News, Rest of Network Barely Touches


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For anyone who has watched CNN in 2018, the idea of the network skipping a story featuring Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti, or even being dragged kicking and screaming to it rather than enthusiastically covering it in every hour, would have been unthinkable before last night. But once news broke that the man who managed to make the Brett Kavanaugh hearings even less dignified had himself been arrested on charges of domestic assault — the network grew oddly reluctant to cover it. Or in the case of one of the biggest Avenatti promoters Chris Cuomo, didn’t cover it at all. Alisyn Camerota, who has interviewed Avenatti in the past and even expressed skepticism over some of the allegations he’s made, is a frequent on-air lecturer on feminism and #MeToo. She didn’t mention his name either Thursday morning, even while her co-host, John Berman, briefly reported Avenatti’s Continue reading "CNN’s Chris Cuomo Skips Avenatti News, Rest of Network Barely Touches"

The View on Michael Avenatti Domestic Violence Arrest: If True, ‘He Deserves to Be Raked Through the Coals’


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Michael Avenatti — as he has on so many shows — has become a frequent guest on The View this year. Notably, he appeared on the ABC daytime show just moments after his client, Julie Swetnick, levied her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh. But Avenatti’s status as — according to View co-host Sunny Hostin — “friend to the show” did not spare him the panel’s wrath on Thursday, following his arrest in Los Angeles Wednesday on domestic violence charges. “It was very upsetting to hear this, very disappointing,” Joy Behar said. “If it proves to be true, I will disavow him. I think he should take a polygraph test, just to clear the air.” “If this turns out to be true, I think he deserves to be raked through the coals,” Abby Huntsman added. “Because he’s been sort of this champion of the MeToo movement. Although, I will say Continue reading "The View on Michael Avenatti Domestic Violence Arrest: If True, ‘He Deserves to Be Raked Through the Coals’"

Michael Avenatti Suggests Jacob Wohl Behind Domestic Violence Arrest: ‘First Mueller Now Me’


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In a Thursday morning tweet, anti-Trump lawyer and #Resistence icon Michael Avenatti suggested the infamously stupid right-wing troll and conspiracy theorist Jacob Wohl is behind the domestic violence charges against him. “First Mueller and now me,” Avenatti wrote — referencing Wohl’s attempt to smear special counsel Robert Mueller with sexual misconduct allegations. “When we are fully exonerated I am coming for you Jacob Wohl aka Surefire.” Mediaite contacted Avenatti to provide evidence for his claims about Wohl but did not hear back in time for publication. Mediaite also reached out to Wohl for a response but he has thus far not replied. He made his $50,000 bail last night and said that he expects to be “fully exonerated” on all charges. “I have never struck Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Suggests Jacob Wohl Behind Domestic Violence Arrest: ‘First Mueller Now Me’"

Stormy Daniels Reacts to ‘Troubling’ Claim Against Avenatti: I’m Reserving Judgment Until Investigation’s Complete


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Stormy Daniels and attorney Michael Avenatti Adult film actress Stormy Daniels has released a statement regarding the charges against her attorney, Michael Avenatti.
“These are serious and obviously very troubling allegations, but right now that is all they are: allegations. We should all reserve judgment until the investigation—an investigation Michael has said he welcomes—is complete, and that’s what I’m going to do. But of course I do not condone violence against women and if these allegations prove true I will be seeking new representation.”

Avenatti was arrested on Wednesday amid reported allegations of domestic violence. He rebuked these claims in the evening by saying “I have never struck a woman,” and that he expects to be exonerated in an investigation [Photo via Getty Images] — —
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Vermont Dems Cancel Avenatti Events Following Arrest for Alleged Domestic Violence


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Vermont Democrats have canceled events with Michael Avenatti in wake of the Stormy Daniels lawyer’s arrest. In a tweet sent out after the news broke, Vermont Democrats spokesperson R. Christopher Di Mezzo said that the event had been canceled “due to allegations of domestic violence.” The tweeted out statement adds: “The Vermont Democratic Party has canceled Mr. Avenatti’s forthcoming scheduled appearances in Vermont, and will be refunding all ticket sales.” In a statement to the Burlington Free Press, Di Mezzo also made it clear that while they have not heard from Avenatti or his representatives, his arrest made the event — billed as Continue reading "Vermont Dems Cancel Avenatti Events Following Arrest for Alleged Domestic Violence"

Sean Hannity: Michael Avenatti Deserves Due Process and the Presumption of Innocence, But…


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Fox News’ Sean Hannity tonight addressed the arrest of Michael Avenatti and said he believes Stormy Daniels‘ attorney deserves due process and the presumption of innocence. But he brought it up while noting Avenatti’s major role in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings through his representation of Julie Swetnick, whose allegations against Kavanaugh came under scrutiny last month. More recently Senator Chuck Grassley referred Avenatti and Swetnick to the DOJ for criminal investigation over allegedly making false statements. “I will be consistent on the issues of due process and the presumption of innocence,” Hannity said tonight. “But one can only wonder if now maybe Michael Avenatti would apply the same standard to himself that he had applied to Justice Kavanaugh. Or maybe tonight he would prefer the country give him due process and the presumption of innocence. Or will you lock yourself up and just throw away the key? Continue reading "Sean Hannity: Michael Avenatti Deserves Due Process and the Presumption of Innocence, But…"

Michael Avenatti Speaks After Arrest for Alleged Domestic Violence: ‘I Have Never Struck a Woman’


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Michael Avenatti spoke tonight after being arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. “I want to thank the hard-working men and women of the LAPD for their professionalism and their work today. They had no option in light of the allegations,” he began. “I have never struck a woman,” Avenatti said. “I never will strike a woman. I have been an advocate for women’s rights my entire career and I’m going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman.” He concluded that he’s “looking forward to a full investigation,” expressing confidence that he’ll be completely exonerated. Watch above, via CNN. [image via screengrab]

Michael Avenatti Denies Alleged Domestic Violence: I’ve Never Been ‘Physically Abusive in My Life’


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Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels, put out a statement Wednesday night following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. In the statement, Avenatti denied he has ever been physically abusive and called the allegations “bogus” and “fabricated”:
“I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
The LAPD confirmed his arrest earlier tonight and said there is an ongoing investigation. He was booked on Wednesday on a felony domestic violence charge, with bail set at $50,000. TMZ first reported that Avenatti was arrested in Los Angeles after Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Denies Alleged Domestic Violence: I’ve Never Been ‘Physically Abusive in My Life’"

Michael Avenatti Denies Alleged Domestic Violence: I’ve Never Been ‘Physically Abusive in My Life’


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Michael Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels, put out a statement Wednesday night following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. In the statement, Avenatti denied he has ever been physically abusive and called the allegations “bogus” and “fabricated”:
“I wish to thank the hard working men and woman of the LAPD for their professionalism they were only doing their jobs in light of the completely bogus allegations against me. I have never been physically abusive in my life nor was I last night. Any accusations to the contrary are fabricated and meant to do harm to my reputation. I look forward to being fully exonerated.”
The LAPD confirmed his arrest earlier tonight and said there is an ongoing investigation. He was booked on Wednesday on a felony domestic violence charge, with bail set at $50,000. TMZ first reported that Avenatti was arrested in Los Angeles after Continue reading "Michael Avenatti Denies Alleged Domestic Violence: I’ve Never Been ‘Physically Abusive in My Life’"

GOP Senator Defends Whitaker: It’s Not Like Trump Appointed ‘Michael Avenatti or Justin Bieber’


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Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday, Sen. John Kennedy defended President Donald Trump‘s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General. During the conversation, Burnett noted that Whitaker has made a number of comments about the Russian investigation,  suggesting that the acting Attorney General sees the probe like “a joke.” “That’s true. That I don’t agree with,” Kennedy said. “But presidents are entitled to surround themselves with advisers of their choice. It doesn’t matter if it would be my choice or your choice or anybody’s choice. What matters is what the president thinks.” Burnett then pressed Kennedy on whether he thought Whitaker won’t “be a back channel to White House on the Mueller investigation, the president won’t end it even though he’s gotten rid of Sessions.” “I have seen no indication whatsoever,” Kennedy replied. “I have only seen speculation that Mr. Whitaker might do Continue reading "GOP Senator Defends Whitaker: It’s Not Like Trump Appointed ‘Michael Avenatti or Justin Bieber’"

GOP Senator Defends Whitaker: It’s Not Like Trump Appointed ‘Michael Avenatti or Justin Bieber’


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Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday, Sen. John Kennedy defended President Donald Trump‘s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting Attorney General. During the conversation, Burnett noted that Whitaker has made a number of comments about the Russian investigation,  suggesting that the acting Attorney General sees the probe like “a joke.” “That’s true. That I don’t agree with,” Kennedy said. “But presidents are entitled to surround themselves with advisers of their choice. It doesn’t matter if it would be my choice or your choice or anybody’s choice. What matters is what the president thinks.” Burnett then pressed Kennedy on whether he thought Whitaker won’t “be a back channel to White House on the Mueller investigation, the president won’t end it even though he’s gotten rid of Sessions.” “I have seen no indication whatsoever,” Kennedy replied. “I have only seen speculation that Mr. Whitaker might do Continue reading "GOP Senator Defends Whitaker: It’s Not Like Trump Appointed ‘Michael Avenatti or Justin Bieber’"

BREAKING: Michael Avenatti Reportedly Arrested for Suspected Domestic Violence


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TMZ broke some stunning news late this afternoon that Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. According to TMZ, Avenatti’s estranged wife filed a felony domestic violence report and her face was “swollen and bruised”:
We’re told during today’s confrontation the woman ran out of the apartment building and was on the sidewalk on her cellphone with sunglasses covering her eyes, screaming on the phone, “I can’t believe you did this to me.” We’re told security brought her inside the building and Michael showed up 5 minutes later, ran into the building, chasing after her. He screamed repeatedly, “She hit me first.” We’re told he angrily added, “This is bulls***, this is f***ing bulls***.”
BuzzFeed News has confirmed that Avenatti has been arrested:

Tucker Carlson Denies Avenatti’s Claim of Alleged Assault, Says Man Called His Daughter a ‘W****’


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After lawyer Michael Avenatti said he was investigating “an alleged assault on a gay latino immigrant” by Tucker Carlson at a Virginia country club, the Fox News star issued a statement denying the assault and claiming the man lobbed insults at his daughter. Avenatti, lawyer for Stormy Daniels and recurring foe of Carlson’s, tweeted out a video on Saturday that appeared to show Carlson in a verbal spat with several people. “We are investigating an alleged assault on a gay latino immigrant committed by T. Carlson and/or members of his inner circle at a club in VA in Oct.,” Avenatti wrote. “It likely includes underage drinking in violation of VA law.” “We are attempting to locate additional witnesses and to identify those depicted in the video,” he continued. “In particular, we need assistance identifying the balding man that grabs the man seated at the bar. We anticipate charges Continue reading "Tucker Carlson Denies Avenatti’s Claim of Alleged Assault, Says Man Called His Daughter a ‘W****’"