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.