Michael Avenatti has been a ubiquitous guest on CNN and other Democrat-friendly news outlets which have helped sell him to the public as a man willing to fight for abused and mistreated women — particularly those abused and mistreated by the president and his Supreme Court nominees. But on Wednesday, the lawyer of porn star Stormy Daniels and Julie Swetnick found himself in front of cameras outside a jailhouse stating emphatically that he has "never struck a woman" and "will never strike a woman" after being arrested for suspected felony domestic violence.
"I have never struck a woman. I never will strike a woman," Avenatti told reporters after making his $50,000 bail for the charges brought against him. "I have been an advocate for women's rights my entire career, and I'm going to continue to be an advocate. I am not going to be intimidated from stopping what I am doing. I am a father to two beautiful, smart daughters. I would never disrespect them by touching a woman inappropriately or striking a woman. I am looking forward to a full investigation at which point I am confident that I will be fully exonerated."
Donald Trump Jr. is among the many Avenatti critics who has found the turn of events too ironic to ignore. Don Jr.'s first post on the case was a retweet that included Avenatti's adamant denial online of the charges. "I want to be clear: I DID NOT commit domestic violence nor have I ever committed domestic violence," wrote Avenatti, who has since suggested that he's being framed. "I did not strike any woman nor have I ever. I did not strike my ex-wife in the face nor did I hit anyone else in the face. I am a decent man & I look forward to being exonerated."
As Trump Jr. highlights via a tweet by Newsmax TV's John Cardillo, Avenatti's statements sound similar to those made by the man he accused repeatedly without any corroborating evidence of heinous actions when he was in high school 35 years ago:
.@MichaelAvenatti, when Brett Kavanaugh issued a similar denial about 35 year old allegations you presented with no evidence, you tried even harder to destroy his life.— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) November 15, 2018
Your case is days old with a complaining victim displaying physical injuries.
Let’s play by your rules. https://t.co/lXihevsBPo