Imagine you’re a high-profile attorney whose name has been floated in recent weeks to make a 2020 presidential run. Now, imagine you’ve been given a credible bombshell accusation against Brett Kavanaugh that you believe will be the nail in the Supreme Court nominee’s coffin. You can practically smell the Oval Office carpet already.
Now, imagine the person you had talked about for two days as credible and able to derail the confirmation turns out to be a troll from 4Chan. What would you do? Suffer the embarrassment and denounce the pranksters? No, not unless you want to have your gullibility popping up throughout your presidential campaign.
Would you say the rumors on 4Chan were false and nothing has changed in your plans? Probably. You would then lock your social media accounts to prevent anyone from repeating your outrageous claims. At some point in the near future, you will declare that your “client” does not want to go through the life-changing turmoil that coming forward will create. You’ll hope Kavanaugh does not get confirmed, adding more reasons for you to hold your “client’s” story back.
That seems to be what’s playing out for Michael Avenatti:
Michael Avenatti vowed that his latest high profile client, who he alleges is a victim of sexual misconduct at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh, is not part of a 4chan hoax aimed at trolling him.
Claims that the website 4chan, which is a known breeding place for toxic online subcultures like the alt-right, was involved started popping up on Twitter this morning after an anonymous poster on 4chan shared a post explaining how he supposedly duped Avenatti.
To be fair, the most likely scenario is that Avenatti is telling the truth and the anonymous 4Chan user crafted a clever story to match the narrative. Of course, his actions are conspicuously indicative of someone who got trolled.
After two days of ginning up publicity with the news he has a “100 percent credible” accuser against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, adding that she has “multiple witnesses to corroborate her story” and that she is “willing to take a polygraph,” Avenatti appeared to walk back that assurance in a Tuesday morning tweet.
“Let me be clear: We will disclose the client’s name and accusations only when SHE is ready and we have adequate security measures in place. And not a moment before that,” Avenatti tweeted. “It is her choice and hers alone as to when to surface bc it is her life. We expect it within the next 36 hrs.”
We’ll know soon enough. If the accuser comes forward, we’ll know Avenatti was not the victim of a hoax. If the accuser “decides” not to come forward, then Avenatti was almost certainly trolled.