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Michael Avenatti: Updated Policy Positions

Updated on August 28, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a freelance Canadian writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

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Potential presidential candidate, 47-year-old California attorney Michael Avenatti
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Michael Avenatti: Can The 2020 Democratic Nominee Beat Donald Trump?

In between personally escorting a Central American child, separated from his mother under the much-maligned policy of U.S. President Donald Trump, as reported by the Hill Reporter, home and representing celebrity clients like adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti has been quietly building a veritable horde of emphatic supporters, apparently eager to see his proposed 2020 presidential run.

Mainstream pundits like Joe Scarborough and Tucker Carlson have openly questioned Michael Avenatti's political experience. Though he has never been elected to public office, Mr. Avenatti has worked performing opposition research for current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and been involved in "over 150 campaigns in 42 states, including multiple gubernatorial and congressional campaigns," including former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Asked by NBC for his opinions on other potential 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns, Michael Avenatti declined to comment on specific individuals, instead stating that he feels several would make "an exceptional president."

"The fact of the matter is, I don't think they will match up well against Donald Trump," the attorney explained. "If the Democratic Party focuses on nominating the person that will make the best president, that's going to be a critical mistake."

"Can the potential nominee beat Donald Trump?" Avenatti asked. "Period."

Can The 2020 Democratic Nominee Beat Donald Trump?

Michael Avenatti Policy Positions

Issue
Michael Avenatti Position
Jobs
Supports quality over quantity of jobs.
Medicare For All
Supports Medicare expasion covering pre-existing conditions, with additional coverage available for those who choose it.
College Affordability
Supports affordable post-secondary education that doesn't cripple students with debt for life.
Women's Health And Opportunity
Supports Roe v Wade, federal Planned Parenthood funding, equal pay for equal work, and an end to sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Trade
Supports penalizing countries that have "gamed the system" and protecting American workers and farmers.
Immigration
Supports ICE and strong borders; believes DREAMers should have a legitimate path to U.S. citizenship.
Race, Discrimination And LGBT Rights
Supports a commander in chief who is the leader of all Americans, regardless of background or identity.
Paid Family Leave
Supports a system for parents of newborns and family member caregivers of the sick and disabled.
Infrastructure
Supports stopping the Trump border wall and replacing with meaningful infrastructure development. Will propose a "Real Deal" plan.
Unions
Supports workers' rights for collective bargaining.
Education
Supports higher pay for teachers.
Campaign Finance Reform
Supports rejecting corporate PAC money; challenges other candidates to return corporate PAC money received after January 1, 2016.
Marijuana
Supports decriminalizing marijuana federally, while allowing individual states to legislate their own marijuana laws.
Gun Control
Supports "common sense" gun control including a ban on assault weapons and bump stocks and background checks.
Foreign Relations
Supports denuclearization talks with North Korea and Iran and U.S. intelligence over Russian intelligence. "Fully backs" the United States' role in NATO. Supports "severe consequences" for Russian election tampering.
Climate Change
Supports the United States signing the Paris Agreement and sees climate change as an "urgent threat."
Role Of The Cabinet
"A President's cabinet should be comprised of experts in their field, not political stooges. Cabinet members should be listened to, consulted on a regular basis and relied upon to help lead the United States."
Child Care
Believes the high cost of child care is responsible for restricting the ability of many American women to follow careers. Supports subsidies and tax credits.
Criminal Justice Reform
Has called out the disproportionate incarceration rates of African American men. Supports stopping cash bail and racial profiling and reform to mandatory minimum sentences and job programs.
Military Spending And Veterans
Supports outfitting U.S. troops with the "latest technology" and providing veterans with sufficient health and mental health programs, which are not exploited by private corporations and profit-seeking motive.
Taxes
States that the Trump tax cuts will add $2 trillion to the U.S. national debt and only benefit corporations and shareholders. Believes in "putting money back into the pockets of hard working Americans."
Updated: August 28, 2018

Democrats Must Win Back Obama-Turned-Trump Voters

In addition to his connection with voters disillusioned with the current commander in chief, Michael Avenatti has posted a list of policy positions that can only be compared to those of the most progressive, game-changing, left wing politicians like U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and congressional hopeful Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Michael Avenatti believes that many Americans who voted for former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 turned their back on the Democratic Party after being drawn to Donald Trump. He believes voters in states like "Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin" and "Iowa" hold the key to the success of the Left.

Asked about the strength of leaders on the Left, such as Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Avenatti allowed that they have been "strong," but held that "it's time for a change" and a "younger generation."

When asked about his motivation for a presidential run, Michael Avenatti explained that he sees the United States at "a precipice of potential disaster" under the leadership of Donald Trump.

"I think our republic is at risk," the attorney stated. "I think that the nation cannot afford another four years of Donald Trump and his disrespect for his office, his disrespect for working people, [and] his policies."

© 2018 Stephen Sinclair

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