Donald Trump threatens to sue people a lot. The president has been involved in more than 3,500 litigations, and he was the plaintiff in roughly 1,900 of them, according USA Today. It seems like no one is safe from these threats. From news organizations to widows, Trump has them all covered. If you make The Donald mad, you can probably expect a call from one of his lawyers. Trump has made so many threats that we decided to make a handy list, just for your reading pleasure.
Here are the people and organizations Donald Trump made ridiculous threats to sue and nothing came of it.
Sexual assault accusers
In October 2016 Donald Trump responded to sexual misconduct allegations with threats of a law suit. Trump said he would sue the 11 women who accused him of being sexually inappropriate. He also claimed the women were liars and that they were out to derail his campaign efforts. Instead of focusing on making a policy speech to present his vision for the first 100 days of his administration, he took time to make a pledge to sue every woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct, reports The Guardian.
Next: Was this woman threatened for speaking out?
An elderly widow
Trump even threated to sue a 92-year-old Scottish widow. She popped up on his lawsuit radar after she appeared in “You’ve Been Trumped Too,” a documentary about Trump’s plan to build a golf resort on her property. Molly Forbes claimed her water was cut off because of Trump, and that she was being bullied. “He has no time for ordinary people. We actually have no water at all; all because of Trump,” said Forbes in the documentary.
Next: This senator’s opinions didn’t sit well with Trump.
Former Nevada senator Harry Reid called Trump ” a sexual predator who lost the popular vote and fueled his campaign with bigotry and hate,” reports ABC News. Reid even called Trump a racist during a speech on the Senate floor. After Trump’s election win, Kellyanne Conway sent a warning message to Reid during a Fox News interview. Conway said Reid should be “very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense.” After the interview, Reid’s representatives issued a statement saying, “it took only five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans.”
Next: Trump questioned this senator’s citizenship.
Another politician who was the target of one of Trump’s threats to file a lawsuit is Senator Ted Cruz. Cruz was born in Canada, so Trump questioned whether the senator could be eligible to run for president of the United States. Early in 2016, Trump threatened to sue Ted Cruz for not being a natural born citizen, since it’s one of the qualifications to become president.
Next: Not even the Republican Party is safe.
The Republican Party
Trump’s own party wasn’t spared from the threats. In 2016, Trump threatened to sue the Republican National Committee after a dispute over delegate allocations in Louisiana. Trump won Louisiana’s March primary, but there was a possibility Senator Ted Cruz would receive up to 10 more delegates than Trump. Trump beat Cruz by 3.6 points in Louisiana. However, since the results were close, each candidate was given 18 delegates, reports NPR.
Next: This advocacy group was met with resistance.
National Hispanic Media Coalition
Advocacy groups also felt the burn. In 2015, Trump said he would sue the National Hispanic Media Coalition after it called one of his speeches a “bigoted, racist, anti-Latino rant.” The coalition said in a statement issued to TheWrap that it received a call from The Trump Organization’s chief counsel, and they were threatened with legal action if it didn’t put an end to its advocacy efforts.
Next: Nothing gets in between Trump and his golf courses.
United States Golf Association
Donald Trump is serious about golf. He’s so serious about the game that he threatened to sue the United States Golf Association earlier in 2017 if it didn’t stay put. Trump made a few unsavory comments about women during his campaign. As a result, some wanted the United States Golf Association to move the 2017 U.S. Women’s Open away from Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey. However, Trump reportedly threatened to sue the USGA if it decided to move the event.
Next: This newspaper has received several lawsuit threats from Trump.
The New York Times
Trump first made threats against The New York Times on Twitter back in September 2016. In his Twitter message, the president said his lawyers wanted to sue the newspaper for “irresponsible intent.” Trump also said in his message he told his lawyers he didn’t want to proceed with a lawsuit, but they were keeping an eye on The New York Times. A few weeks later in October, Trump threatened to sue again after the newspaper published a story about his alleged sexual misconduct.
Next: This news organization got on Trump’s bad side.
The Washington Post
Trump is very protective of his casinos and golf courses. Bad press about one of his properties could result in a threat of legal action. Another newspaper who came under fire was The Washington Post. Early in 2016 Trump threatened to sue The Washington Post for publishing an article about how one of his casinos filed for bankruptcy.
Next: This news organization found itself in the middle of a controversy.
Threats of a lawsuit came after an NBC producer dug up a controversial tape featuring Trump and former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush. The 2005 segment contains audio of Trump making sexually explicit comments about women. After the tape was revealed, Trump said he was thinking about taking legal action. In an interview with Bill O’Reilly, Trump said NBC’s actions were illegal because his microphone was on while he and Bush were on NBC property. Trump later claimed the recording was fake and questioned its authenticity.
Next: This news organization came under fire for its reporting.
The Associated Press
Trump again came to the defense of one his properties after unflattering news broke about one of his condos. Trump threatened to sue the Associated Press for publishing an article in October 2015 about how a Trump condo development in Panama was handled. The article discussed how the directors of the Trump Ocean Club in Panama City had intentions to remove a management team installed by the Trump family, reports The Washington Post.
Next: This comedian found himself in a situation that wasn’t so funny.
Actor and comedian Tom Arnold was also the target of a lawsuit threat. In December 2016, Arnold said he had footage of Trump using racist language on The Apprentice. However, he said he didn’t want to unveil the footage. That same month, Arnold said on his Twitter account that Trump representatives left a voicemail, threatening him with a defamation lawsuit.
Next: This writer was told to say something nice.
David Cay Johnston
In 2016 Trump threatened to sue Pulitzer Prize winner David Cay Johnston if he didn’t like what Johnston reported. Johnston, author of the book The Making of Donald Trump, said Trump called him directly and threatened to sue him if he wrote something that Trump didn’t agree with. Johnston tweeted about the call from his account.
Next: This writer said it was time to speak out.
In 2016, Trump threatened to sue Tony Schwartz, co-writer of Trump’s memoir, The Art of the Deal, because of negative statements he made in an interview with The New Yorker. Schwartz decided to voice his concerns that Trump isn’t fit to serve as president. He also appeared on Good Morning America to share his thoughts on Trump’s character. Consequently, the general counsel and vice president of The Trump Organization sent Schwartz a cease-and-desist letter.
Next: Trump didn’t like this store’s message.
Donald Trump wasn’t a fan of what this clothing store had to say. It seems as if people who don’t like the president could be in hot water for voicing their opinion about him, especially if they stand to make a profit from his name. In 2015, the president threatened to sue StopTrump.us for selling anti-Trump shirts. Trump’s representatives threatened legal action for using the president’s name (it’s trademarked) in its domain name and merchandise, reports Huffington Post.
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