Michael Avenatti will not take his anti-Trump rhetoric to Texas on Monday despite his promise last month to "fight fire with fire" when the president visits Houston.
Two days after Trump announced that he would go through the state of the lonely star to find his former rival, Senator Ted Cruz, the striking lawyer said he would organize a counterattack somewhere in Texas.
Blaming a programming conflict, he told an NBC reporter on Sunday he will not come.
Avenatti created an important national profile last year by representing pornographic actress Stormy Daniels in legal action against the president.
Michael Avenatti withdrew from holding what he promised would be a "great concentration of resistance" on Monday while President Donald Trump visits Texas
Trump will speak on Monday night in Houston to an estimated 100,000 people, including 19,000 in a basketball court and the rest watching out of Jumbotrons in a festive atmosphere.
A federal judge dismissed one of his cases last week and said Trump is entitled to recover the fees of his lawyer from Daniels, specifically in Texas.
And with Cruz leading his Democratic challenger Beto O & # 39; Rourke in opinion polls, Avenatti appeared in recent weeks to wash his hands of a political loser there.
He withdrew an online fundraising effort for O & # 39; Rourke on October 11, after conservatives declared that he directed much of the profits to his own Super PAC.
Avenatti refused a day later to tell DailyMail.com how much he had raised or how much he had managed to join the O & # 39; Rourke campaign.
Avenatti's tweet on September 2 about the staging of a counter-rally went viral
He told an NBC reporter almost seven weeks later that he was not going to organize anything.
He said on Sunday that on Monday "it's Beto's show because it's his career".
That's a far cry from his September 2 tweet, in which he promised "a great rally of resistance in Texas at the same time as Trump's."
The president's fans began to line up at the Toyota Center in Houston 24 hours before the scheduled start time of their rally.
The arena has a capacity for 19,000 people. More than 100,000 registered to attend through the website of the Trump re-election campaign.
To adapt to the overflow, giant TV screens are being installed in the parking lot and the campaign announced on Sunday that the country music bands would perform live outside as part of a giant tailgate party.