Donald Trump is really getting desperate. Apparently, being a bullsh*t artist isn’t enough to convince Americans that he isn’t a serial sex offender that laughs at the suffering he inflicts on women, so now he’s doing the only think he knows how to do. By threatening any publication that helps give a voice to any one of his multiple alleged victims.
Trump, the tough guy, is afraid. The release a now world-famous tape where he bragged about having a history of success at getting away with sexually assaulting women opened a floodgate through which a tidal wave of similar accusations are now pouring.
Knowing that this could mean massive lawsuits, even more business losses as people distance themselves from him, and a permanent tarnishing of the Trump name for everyone who carries it, Donald is doing the only thing he can — using his money and “power” to try to suppress the truth.
This strategy has worked for him in the past, but not anymore. The New York Times has set a precedent for other’s to follow when it comes to Trump’s threats of lawsuits just because he finds you or your newspaper personally inconvenient.
Trump’s overpriced attorneys recently drafted a letter that threatened the times with a lawsuit for libel after they published a story from two different women who described their own experiences with Trump sexually assaulting them in the past. The New York Times, though, felt differently.
A copy the best “Go Fu*k Yourself” response in history to a lawsuit threat by Trump is below:
NYT responds to Trump re: cease and desist pic.twitter.com/3AozcWSIl6
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) October 13, 2016
Dear Mr Kasowitz: (That’s Trump’s head bully lawyer)
I write in response to your letter of October 12, 2016 to Dean Baquet concerning your client Donald Trump, the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. You write concerning our article “Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately” and label the article as “libel per se.” You ask that we “remove it from [our] website, and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology.” We decline to do so.
The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one’s reputation. Mr. Trump has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women. He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced to a radio host’s request to discuss Mr. Trump’s own daughter as a “piece of ass.” Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr. Trump’s unwanted advances. Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.
But there is a larger and much more important point here. The women quoted in our story spoke out on an issue of national importance — indeed, an issue that Mr. Trump himself discussed with the whole nation while watching during Sunday night’s presidential debate. Our reporters diligently worked to confirm the women’s accounts. They provided readers with Mr. Trump’s response, including his forceful denial of the women’s reports. It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices. We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees, if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to stay and that the law of this country forces us and those would would dare to criticize him to stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.
David E McCraw
That could not have been said in a better way. This is exactly what Trump is doing — abusing the law because his wealth allows him to do so, in order to silence people he doesn’t like.
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If we would ever travel the road that Trump wants to take America down, and allow money to silence the public, our courts would be the equivalent of a rich old pervert forcefully groping everyone in this nation while they keep their hand closed tightly over our mouths, robbing us of our voice. Something tells me this won’t happen, though, and in a few weeks America will speak back against it.