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Michael Avenatti, who is considering a campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020, is coming under scrutiny for remarks he gave to Time magazine, in which he spoke about the perceived benefits of nominating a white man.
“I think it’s better be a white male,” he said, of the Democrats 2020 Candidate. “When you have a white male making the arguments, they carry more weight. … Should they carry more weight? Absolutely not. But do they? Yes. “
Critics pounced on his remarks.
” Let me be unmistakably clear on something, “black activist Shaun King wrote on Twitter . “This man is a clown. He’s Better Call Saul. And now we are learning he’s also a sexist bigot. “
” You perpetuated a myth of supremacy, do you get that? Do you understand how does nonwhite male feel? “Wrote CNN personality Bakari Sellers.
It has been a difficult week for Avenatti, whose potential candidacy has been extensively covered by national news media,
On Monday, Avenatti was ordered by a judge to pay $ 4.85 million in backwages to a former colleague at his law firm. Later than an hour later, according to the Los Angeles Times, Avenatti’s law firm, Eagan Avenatti, was evicted from its office in Newport Beach, and a judge ordered the firm to pay for four months.
On Thursday, Senate Republicans referred to Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for a potential criminal investigation. Swetnick was one of a handful of women to accuse then-Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh this summer of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and then in college. In what critics were quick to denounce as a political stunt, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) said he believed Avenatti and Swetnick should be investigated for conspiring to give “materially false” statements to Congress.
“Well that was fun while it lasted,” Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay wrote on Twitter after Avenatti’s remark in Time.
Avenatti did not respond to a request for comment but responded to the criticism on Twitter.
“Let me be clear: I have consistently called on white , and be a part of stopping the sexism and bigotry that other white males engage in, “he wrote. “It is especially important for them to call out other white men. I make this pt in my speeches. “
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