“[Avenatti]’s got a fearlessness,” Bannon, the Republican strategist and former senior White House adviser, told Bill Maher on Friday night on HBO. “And he’s a fighter. I think he’ll go through a lot of that field, if he decides to stick with it, like a scythe through grass.”

It is a new age, Bannon explained, where politicians ascending from Congress or the governor’s office may not be the clearest path to the White House. Maher agreed. “[Avenatti] could be the Trump of 2020, the guy who’s the outsider, who blows through the regular politician because he looks different,” he said…

“They recognize perhaps they have a problem on their hands, and I happen to agree with them,” Avenatti said of Republicans. “If I decide to do this, I’m going to surprise a lot of people.”