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Michael Avenatti in Iowa: ‘When They Go Low, I Say, We Hit Harder’

Yep, this is happening.

Stormy Daniels‘ attorney Michael Avenatti is openly entertaining the idea of running for President of the United States, and last night he spoke at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding dinner to lay out his vision for America and how to fight back against President Donald Trump.

He talked about fighting for “the survival of our republic” and made it clear he stands with the Democrats on pretty much every big issue.

The dividing point, he argued, is on how much they should fight:

“What I fear for this Democratic party that I love so much is that we have a tendency to bring nail clippers to a gun fight. Tonight, however, I want to suggest a different course. I believe that our party, the Democratic party, must be a party that fights fire with fire. I believe that we can no longer be the party that turns the other cheek. We must be the party that marshals the power of law and government to strike back at those that strike our cheek and to bring those to justice. When they go low, I say, we hit harder. Now, I know some of you may disagree with me. The answer to Donald Trump, you may say, is to do the opposite of Donald Trump. Be noble, be kind, be classy. And I am all for each of those things. But tonight, with our country under an unprecedented assault by a con man who fights only for himself and degrades the vulnerable and the powerless and regular hard-working people day in and day out, I believe that we must honestly ask ourselves whether those that we fight for can afford our gentleness.”

The idea of Avenatti running for President has been laughed about on cable news this week, but in the age of Trump anything seems possible now.

You can watch his remarks above, via CNN.

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