Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti was sentenced Monday to 14 years in prison for cheating former clients out of millions and other financial crimes, the eventual demise of the former ubiquitous cable news presence-turned-media sensation.
His sentence expires after the five years he has already served for stealing from his former client Stormy Daniels and trying to extort $25 million from shoe manufacturer Nike.
The news quickly spread across social media, with several users mocking the media for previously circulating Avenatti as a presidential candidate with the ability to bring down former President Trump.
Writer/comedian Tim Young sarcastically congratulated Avenatti on his additional years in prison, and in a subsequent tweet poked fun at former CNN host Brian Stelter for once telling Avenatti that he was a prisoner because of his “presence on cable news.” serious contender for the presidency.
Red State columnist Buzz Patterson had a similar sentiment upon hearing the news, writing, “I’m old enough to remember when this git was a Democratic presidential nominee and @CNN made fun of it.”
Greg Price, a senior digital strategist at XStrategies, resurfaced a video from 2018 that showed leftist co-host of The View Ana Navarro likening Avenatti to the Holy Ghost. The show also had Avenatti as a “guest co-host” at one point, and when he spoke about one of his sexual fantasies involving handcuffs, then-co-host Meghan McCain was seen looking disgusted.
However, not everyone was thrilled with Avenatti’s massive prison sentence. Reason associate editor Billy Binion called the judge’s decision “insane.”
“We are addicted to long prison sentences in this country,” he added.
Before his legal troubles, Avenatti was once a media star, making over 250 appearances on all major cable news networks between February 2018 and 2019, according to the Media Research Center.
Avenatti appeared most often on CNN, where he was greeted a staggering 121 times. MSNBC also had a high track record with 108 appearances. He appeared 24 times on radio news; 12 on ABC, seven on CBS and five on NBC. He also made a memorable appearance on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tonight, where a graphic dubbed him a “creepy porn lawyer.”
During this time, Avenatti frequently dropped tidbits of information on TV, claiming he had damning evidence that would put an end to the Trump presidency. He also weighed in on other big stories, like Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation fight, where he represented a client who wildly claimed Avenatti attended gang rape parties when he was young.
Vanity Fair ran an article about his skincare routine, and Liberal hosts called it “Trump’s worst nightmare” “saving the country.” MSNBC’s Ari Melber called him the “beauty of the ball” at a media event in New York City. CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert called Avenatti an “existential threat” to the Trump presidency, while HBO’s Bill Maher said he was “Donald Trump’s worst nightmare.”
MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace praised a speech Avenatti was set to deliver in Iowa in 2018, saying he hit “a lot of the right notes” and that Democrats were “foolish to underestimate him.” Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post shared this with him on Twitter she loved himand MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted that he was “brilliant” and “crazy telegenic.”
Far-left White House reporter April Ryan still has a smiling photo she took with him at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Avenatti, who recently starred in the Netflix documentary Pepsi, Where’s My Jet, was portrayed in Politico last year, where he regretted not being able to properly defend himself on TV since his cascade of criminal activities came to light.
“No matter where you land when asking about his downfall, we are also a part of that story. He used the media and we used him,” Politico’s Ruby Cramer wrote at the time.
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