Online Countdown Clock Lets You Know How Long It’s Been Since Trump Threatened a Lawsuit

Image: trump-clock.com

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has a penchant for lawsuits, much like another Republican convention speaker. Today Trump gave a speech in Gettysburg, where he vowed to sue the many, many women who have accused him of sexual abuse. The Republican nominee said he is fighting “the power structure,” and that his administration would not approve of AT&T trying to buy Time Warner “and thus, CNN.”

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“Deals like this destroy American democracy,” Trump continued. “They’re trying to poison the mind of the American voter. Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All these liars will be sued after the election.”

Shortly after, trump-clock.com appeared, which counts down how long it’s been since Trump has threatened a lawsuit and details his entire history of threatening lawsuits. The site says:

Trump knows that he doesn’t have to actually sue — getting an ominous letter from a lawyer is often enough to scare into silence. On rare occasions, Trump has actually followed through on his threats, dragging critics and journalists through years of litigation just to make them spend money to defend themselves. He has never won one of these lawsuits and has boasted about wasting critics’ time and money on defending frivolous lawsuits.

Currently, it’s only been a little over an hour since Trump threatened his most recent lawsuit. I’d be surprised if the clock ever ran longer than two days, but then again, it’s 2016 and anything could happen.

Free stunt journalism idea: Until the election, you take a shot every time Trump threatens a lawsuit. I’d definitely read a blog about that.

[H/T Matt Pearce]

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Eve Peyser was the night editor at Gizmodo.

DISCUSSION

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Suing those women would not be a smart move, but Donald taking the low road into stupidland does not surprise me anymore.

For starters, a libel case would essentially require Trump to prove to the jury that the women were lying. He is fond of saying that it is a he-said/she-said situation. So, by his own admission, that is not a standard he would likely to meet.

Secondly, he would have to prove that he suffered damages. At this point, his reputation is so tarnished that the defendants could essentially argue to the judge that the lawsuit cannot proceed because it is impossible to ruin the reputation of someone whose reputation is so bad to begin with.

Thirdly, some States have anti-SLAPP legislation which could allow the women to get money from Trump for filing frivolous lawsuits against them.

Fourthly, a lawsuit would open him up to discovery and possible further evidence against him in regards to his possible history of harassment.

Finally, in the unlikely event that he were able to prevail, some of these women might be judgement proof, which would mean that he would be spending a lot of money on lawyers to hurt these women just out of spite.

I’m not a lawyer, but I suspect that even I have more sense of how ridiculous such a lawsuit would be.