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Michael Avenatti Is Testing Out Two New Nicknames for Trump After Floating Possible 2020 Run


Whether it’s lawsuit- or policy-related, Stormy Daniels‘ attorney Michael Avenatti is not exactly known to be a shy critic of President Donald Trump. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that he appears to be trying to beat Trump at his own game by coining nicknames on Twitter.

One of those two names is reigning supreme: “Don the Con.” It happens as Avenatti winks at supporters asking him to run for president in 2020 and is floating the idea himself.

Minutes after Avenatti used “Con Man Trump” in a tweet for not being able to reunite migrant children with their parents, he shared a poll asking the public whether “Con Man Trump” or “Don the Con” should be used “going forward.”

“Donald Trump has been giving nicknames for years. Let’s see if he can take one. Which of these should we use going forward?” he tweeted. At the time of this writing, there have been more than 19,000 votes and 84 percent of those have gone to “Don the Con.”

Previously, Avenatti said that if Trump does run again for president in 2020 whoever goes up against him will have to be prepared for a “VERY brutal campaign.”

“The candidate in 2020 better be a take no prisoners street fighter who is prepared to go 15 rounds in a VERY brutal campaign,” he said. “It will be a cage match like no other in modern times.”

Nicknames, it seems, could be a part of that, just as they were in the 2016 election. Trump famously used monikers like “Lyin’ Ted,” “Little Marco,” and “Crooked Hillary” on his way to the White House.

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Matt Naham is the Senior A.M. Editor of Law&Crime.