Michael Avenatti, the self-proclaimed provocateur against US President Donald Trump by porn actress Stormy Daniels, has told the Iowa Democrats that the party needs a fighter to win back the White House.
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In an unthinkable political scene just a few months ago, Avenatti was the final speaker in the Democratic wing of Wing Ding in Clear Lake, Iowa, a traditional stop for aspiring presidents. His comments came after an early voting state tour that included a visit to the state fair and meetings with key Democratic officials.
"What I fear for this Democratic Party that I love is that we have a tendency to wear nail clippers to shootings," Avenatti told an enthusiastic crowd at the Surf Ballroom and Museum. "Tonight I want to suggest a different course, I think the Democratic Party should be a party that fights fire with fire."
He added: "When they come down, I say, we hit harder."
It was a reversal of the statement by former First Lady Michelle Obama at the 2016 Democratic Convention, "When they come down, we rise."
In an interview, Avenatti said: "At that time, because of what she was talking about, I think that was the right message, but now that we sit here, that focus clearly will not work."
In the midst of his growing profile, Avenatti continues to represent Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. She said she had sex with Trump in 2006, months after her third wife gave birth to her son, but Trump has denied it.
Days before the 2016 presidential election, Daniels was paid $ US130,000 ($ A178,010) to remain silent in a deal handled by Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. She is suing to invalidate the non-disclosure agreement.
When asked if Daniels would support her presidential bid, Avenatti said: "I think she supports the idea very much."