Donald Trump loves to threaten others with lawsuits when his feels are hurt. Melania does as well. As a recipient of one of her lawyer’s letters when I quoted from a source on another site, it took me aback. She was upset because blogs quoted from a source, so of course she threatened people who do not have the means to fight an alleged billionaire in court. Had that post been written here, we would have countered the lawyer’s letter in some form with no apology included. But, The New York Times isn’t going to wuss out after the GOP Presidential nominee threatened to sue the paper after reporting on one of Trump’s alleged victims.
In a letter, Trump’s attorney demanded a retraction and the paper looked around but found no fucks to give.
The wussy lawyer letter:
Lawyers representing Trump demand a retraction from the New York Times: pic.twitter.com/1scjBSPkv7
— Sopan Deb (@SopanDeb) October 13, 2016
A lawyer for The Times responded.
David McCraw, NYT lawyer, responds to Trump’s letter. pic.twitter.com/ziPBCIjkvP
— Sydney Ember (@melbournecoal) October 13, 2016
The Times lawyer lawyered stuff to Trump’s 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 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 say and that the law of this country forces us and those who 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
David E. McGraw forgot only one thing in his lawsplainer, and that was that the New York Times LITERALLY INVENTED the First Amendment right to report on public officials and public figures, in NYT vs. Sullivan.
They know a couple of things about Constitutional rights.
There are things we don’t like about The New York Times, like for example, the paper’s stupid paywall, but to dumb this letter down for Trump supporters, it says, fuck off, Mr. Trump. We First Amendmented you, you predatory piece of shit. The end.
We’re wondering if Gropey Donald remembers tweeting this in 2013:
For the sake of New York City, all recent sexting victims of Anthony ‘Carlos Danger’ Weiner should come forward.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2013
And here was the end of the post I wrote about Melania which was taken down on another site:
It’s on our site now and we’re not taking that down, Melania. To dumb it down for Melania, you are not the boss of us. I just can’t drop enough F-bombs on the Trumps over their threats to sue because the First Amendment bothers them. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuckity fuck fuck.
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