Michael Avenatti's Political Policy Positions

Updated on September 25, 2018
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Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.

Potential presidential candidate, 47-year-old California attorney Michael Avenatti
Potential presidential candidate, 47-year-old California attorney Michael Avenatti | Source

Can the 2020 Democratic Nominee Beat Donald Trump?

In between escorting a Central American child home and representing celebrity clients like adult film star Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti has been quietly building a veritable horde of emphatic supporters who are 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 performed opposition research for current Chicago Mayor, Rahm Emanuel, and he's been involved in over 150 political campaigns in 42 states, including multiple gubernatorial and congressional campaigns.

When asked by NBC for his opinions on other potential 2020 Democratic presidential campaigns, Michael Avenatti declined to comment on specific individuals. Instead he stated that he feels several would be exceptional in the office of the POTUS.

"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." According to Avenatti, the most important question to ask is whether or not a potential nominee can beat Donald Trump.

Michael Avenatti's Policy Positions

Issue
Michael Avenatti's Position
Jobs
He supports quality over quantity of jobs.
Medicare For All
He supports medicare expansions that cover pre-existing conditions, and he believes additional coverage should be available for those who choose it.
College Affordability
Avenatti supports affordable post-secondary education that doesn't cripple students with debt for life.
Women's Health and Opportunities
He supports Roe v. Wade, federal funding for Planned Parenthood, equal pay for equal work, and an end to sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
Trade
He supports the penalization of countries that have "gamed the system." He also wants to protect American workers and farmers.
Immigration
He supports ICE and strong borders, but believes DREAMers should have a legitimate path to U.S. citizenship.
Race, Discrimination, and LGBT Rights
He believes a good president must be willing to be a leader for all Americans, regardless of background or identity.
Paid Family Leave
He is in favor of establishing a support system for parents of newborns and family member caregivers of the sick and disabled.
Infrastructure
He's against the construction of Trump's proposed border wall, and he believes in replacing that plan with meaningful infrastructure development.
Unions
Avenatti supports workers' rights for collective bargaining.
Education
He supports higher wages for teachers.
Campaign Finance Reform
Avenatti supports rejecting corporate PAC money, and he challenges other candidates to return corporate PAC money received after January 1, 2016.
Marijuana
Avenatti supports decriminalizing marijuana federally, while allowing individual states to legislate their own marijuana laws.
Gun Control
He supports "common sense" gun control, including a ban on assault weapons and bump stocks, and he supports the implementation of background checks.
Foreign Relations
Avenatti supports denuclearization talks with North Korea and Iran. He is also in favor of U.S. intelligence over Russian intelligence. He fully supports the United States' role in NATO. He also supports "severe consequences" for Russia because of the election tampering and corruption Russians perpetrated during the 2016 presidential election.
Climate Change
He supports the United States' decision to sign the Paris Agreement, and he sees climate change as an "urgent threat."
Role of the Cabinet
Avenatti says that "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
He believes the high cost of child care is responsible for restricting the ability of many American women to follow careers. He supports subsidies and tax credits.
Criminal Justice Reform
He has called out the disproportionate incarceration rates of African American men. He supports stopping cash bail and racial profiling, and he wants to reform mandatory minimum sentences and job programs.
Military Spending and Veterans
He supports outfitting U.S. troops with the "latest technology," and providing veterans with sufficient health and mental health programs, that are not exploited by private corporations with profit-seeking motives.
Taxes
Avenatti has stated that the Trump tax cuts will add $2 trillion to the U.S. national debt and only benefit corporations and shareholders. Avenatti believes in "putting money back into the pockets of hard working Americans."
Updated: August 2018

Democrats Must Win Back Former Obama-Supporters Who Became Trump Voters

In addition to his connection with voters who are 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 eventually 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 are the keys to the success of the left.

When asked about the strength of leaders on the left, such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, Avenatti admitted that they have been strong, but he also said that it's time for a change.

When asked about his motivations for a presidential run, Michael Avenatti explained that he sees that the United States is 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, his disrespect for his office, his disrespect for working people, [and] his policies."

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