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Michael Avenatti, the attorney who gained notoriety after representing Stormy Daniels, announced on Tuesday that he will not attempt to run for president in 2020. Since Avenatti’s shot at the White House seemed as likely as any average Joe’s, a bunch of average Joes are now announcing on Twitter that they’re not running for president, either.
The meme took off after Avenatti released a statement on Twitter and made headlines with his decision not to run.
I would also like to make it clear that I am not running for President of the United States in 2020, nor are my cats. https://t.co/k5dIV8JD05— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) December 4, 2018
I am not running for president in 2020.— michael (@GhostTradr) December 4, 2018
See! I can do that too.🙄
Just a quick FYI - I will not be running for President in 2020.— Melissa (@kittygato12) December 4, 2018
I would just like to formally announce that after discussing with my family, I will not be running for president in 2020— Jess Godwin (@jessigodwin) December 4, 2018
Since it seems newsworthy; I want to clarify that I will not be running for President in 2020, thanks.— lukas (@LukasRaygun) December 4, 2018
I too am not running for President of the United States in 2020... That shit is for 2104 after my successful ruling as the God Emperor of Mars for 15 yrs https://t.co/EOISuPjqNi— JAYson Briggs (@JaysonBriggs4) December 4, 2018
Between his disdain for President Donald Trump and connection to Daniels, who was paid to keep secret an affair with the president, Avenatti seemed confident that a 2020 run was in his future. In August, he tweeted a list of his intended platforms.
In the statement he released on Twitter, Avenatti said his family was the only thing keeping him from running.
“I do not make this decision lightly—I make it out of respect for my family,” Avenatti wrote. “But for their concerns, I would run.”
Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.