It was all good just a week ago.
After riding high on the Blue wave of Democrats that’s been mostly led by Black folks, Michel Avenatti all but lost the collective respect of African-Americans as soon as TIME published a story on Thursday quoting the lawyer insisting that he didn’t want a Black person to run for president.
It’s a little more complicated than that, but his min quote was jarring, to say the least. When asked who he wanted to see as the Democratic Party’s nominee in 2020, Avenatti’s answer was deliberate:
“I think it better be a white male,” he said before adding later: “When you have a white male making the arguments, they carry more weight.”
Avenatti’s quotes were being circulated on social media just about an hour after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley recommended the attorney who made a name representing a porn star be referred criminally to the Justice Department to be prosecuted for “potential violations” surrounding the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
That came a few days after a judge ordered Avenatti to pay nearly $5 million to a former colleague in a lawsuit over unpaid back wages.
The TIME story made Avenatti’s bad week a lot worse … until folks on social media got wind of the quotes, making Thursday perhaps the lawyer’s worst seven-day stretch ever.
Avenatti was being called everything from a white supremacist sympathizer to a sexist to a wannabe “white male savior.” In essence, Black Twitter disowned Avanatti after virtually adopting him for being so outspoken against the president.
But now it would appear that he and Trump are more alike than not. And with a wide range of related emotions, Twitter definitely wasn’t having it.
3. Called out for ignoring the obvious
Someone tell Michael Avenatti that the people who received the most votes in U.S. history were not white males.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) October 25, 2018
1. Barack Obama (2008)
2. Barack Obama (2012)
3. Hillary Clinton (2016)
4. Donald Trump (2016)
62,984,828 votes pic.twitter.com/gnfBOMlFAG
4. A challenge
I’m going to need @MichaelAvenatti to come on #RolandMartinUnfiltered to explain this “better be a white male” comment to @TIME. He says he never said it. But he needs to come talk to Black media. I’ve DM’d him. Waiting to hear back. This IS A PROBLEM.— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) October 25, 2018
You perpetuated a myth of supremacy, do you get that? Do you understand how that makes nonwhite males feel?— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) October 25, 2018
Your theory of white male supremacy is easily disproved. Who is a better lawyer, Cochran or Avenatti? A better politician Obama or Avenatti?
I’m furious and disappointed. https://t.co/XugOrhHxBA
F*ck Michael Avenatti and anyone who thinks this dude should run or anyone who thinks this is a good point. F*ck the media for running this BS instead of covering the real issues in the CURRENT election cycle. We have 12 days left. https://t.co/ZcuU6cWyKm #Avenatti2020 pic.twitter.com/WX05PgSBeS— 🖤 Snappy Black Womxn 🖤 (@TheWayWithAnoa) October 25, 2018
You're an incredible activist for our cause Michael. Big respect for that. But we don't need a white male savior.— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) October 25, 2018
8. Compared to Trump
When asked about who should run, @MichaelAvenatti says: I think it better be a white male...when you have a white male making the arguments, they carry more weight.— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) October 25, 2018
He is no different from Trump, he's just using different a different side to gain power. https://t.co/PmIEeMxH8O
9. Good riddance
Can we now declare today as being the day we are done with the Avenatti 2020 discussion?— Joe Manchin's A Big Biatch (@lynnv378) October 25, 2018
Asked about his comment, Michael Avenatti said his views are protected by Attorney-White Male Privilege https://t.co/1QL3eh6e2X— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) October 25, 2018