Knowles: Michael Avenatti Would've Been An Amazing 2020 Candidate

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On Tuesday’s episode of "The Michael Knowles Show," the host lamented Michael Avenatti's announcement that he is already dropping out of the 2020 race. "He would have just been an amazing candidate in 2020," said Knowles.

"This is really sad, because in this case the Democrats took one small step away from being the party of white men," Knowles joked. "Michael Avenatti, 'creepy porn lawyer,' is not going to run for president in 2020. When I saw this (sighs)… I woke up this morning, I was reading this, and a tear just right down my face."

Noting that Avenatti said that after being arrested on suspicion of beating his girlfriend, he was even more likely to get the Democratic nomination, Knowles said, "he's probably right."

"To get the Democrat nomination, you have to abuse women and steal from charities and Michael Avenatti was accused of doing that just two weeks ago. So I think he was right. I think his chances went way up," he said. "Today he crushed all of our dreams."

Knowles read part of Avenatti’s statement about his departure from the 2020 election: "After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the presidency of the United States in 2020," Avenatti announced Tuesday. "I do not make this decision lightly. I make it out of respect for my family, but for their concerns, I would run."

Knowles explained: "So what this really means is I don't want to be subject to the exposure of my terrible character when I run for office, because when you run for office, there are whole staffs of people whose job it is to dig up every awful thing you ever did and ruin your life, and Michael Avenatti has done a lot of terrible things -- just in the last 48 hours, we're not even going back that far."

"Avenatti and Trump in many ways are parallel people," he said. "They're boisterous New York types. The rough-and-tumble, married multiple times, but the thing is Donald Trump is always basically willing to take the bullets for his past transgressions. He's always willing to do it. He's not gonna shrink away from a public duty, because he was a playboy for the last 30 years. Knowles added, "Michael Avenatti, he seems to be doing that. It's really sad. He would have just been an amazing candidate in 2020."

Video and transcript below:

This is really sad, because in this case the Democrats took one small step away from being the party of white men.

Michael Avenatti, creepy porn lawyer, is not going to run for president in 2020. When I saw this (sighs)… I woke up this morning, I was reading this, and a tear just right down my face. Aleesa turns to me (mimics): “Mike what's wrong?”

“Oh no, it's nothing. We're gonna miss out on a wonderful 20/20 campaign”

And it was such a tease! Michael Avenatti said, just yesterday, quote: “I think the field is shaping up to be even more advantageous for someone like me not less. I think my chances have only gone up, not down.

He was asked about this. You know, Michael Avenatti was arrested for beating his girlfriend the other day and he said I think I'm much more likely to get the Democrat nomination now and he's probably right.

To get the Democrat nomination, you have to abuse women and steal from charities and Michael Avenatti was accused of doing that just two weeks ago.

So I think he was right. I think his chances went way up.

Today he crushed all of our dreams. Michael Avenatti said quote: “After consultation with my family and at their request, I have decided not to seek the presidency of the United States in 2020. I do not make this decision lightly. I make it out of respect for my family, but for their concerns, I would run.”

So what this really means is I don't want to be subject to the exposure of my terrible character when I run for office, because when you run for office, there are whole staffs of people whose job it is to dig up every awful thing you ever did and ruin your life and Michael Avenatti has done a lot of terrible things. Just in the last 48 hours, we're not even going back that far. I love when he talks about his family.

I couldn't get over him saying I’ve got to look out for my family. This guy has been twice married, twice divorced. He was arrested last week for beating a girlfriend. This talk about your family. This is what people say.

You know, I tried to get Mitch Daniels to run for president in 2012. We did a student draft movement. We had 70 chapters across the country. I thought he was a great candidate; social conservative, excellent fiscally brilliant governor. Best governor in the country and he didn't run for president, because of his family. He'd had this issue in his family where his wife had basically taken up and abandoned the family, going off to California somewhere. Eventually she came back. They got back together and continued to raise their kids. So he always said if you like happy endings, you'll love our story and that worked for me, but he didn't want to subject his wife and his family to the awful scrutiny of Barbara Walters sitting there across, asking his family why they broke up for a period of time and I get it.

I totally understand that and that's what Avenatti is saying here, except for that Avenatti, he's not trying to cover up for what his wife did. He's trying to cover up what he is doing. He is obviously not able to withstand that kind of pressure. Avenatti and Trump in many ways are parallel people. They're boisterous New York types. The rough-and-tumble, married multiple times, but the thing is Donald Trump is always basically willing to take the bullets for his past transgressions. He's always willing to do it. He's not gonna shrink away from a public duty, because he was a playboy for the last 30 years. Michael Avenatti, he seems to be doing that. It's really sad. He would have just been an amazing candidate in 2020.

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