Donald Trump is threatening another law suit. According to a Feb. 19 Reuters report, Trump is threatening to sue Angelo Carusone, the organizer of a Macy’s boycott against Trump. Carusone reportedly launched an online petition seeking that Macy’s sever ties with Trump.
Trump’s attorney, Alan Garten, reportedly sent Carusone a letter informing Carusone that Trump will sue him for damages of “not less than $25,000,000” if he continues his campaign against the businessman.
“While you claim to be merely exercising or right to free speech, your egregious, pre-meditated and illegal conduct far exceeds anything protected by the Constitution,” the letter, dated December 27, reads. “Rather than simply engage in lawful protest, you have apparently made it your mission to interfere with and intentionally disrupt Mr. Trump's longstanding and well-established business relationship with Macy's as well as his contractual dealings with other third parties through mob-like bullying and coercion.”
Reuters reports that Carusone launched his petition, which has so far gathered more than 683,000 signatures, last year on SignOn.org. Carusone, through the petition, requests that Macy's Chairman, CEO and President Terry J. Lundgren stop selling Trump's fragrance and clothing lines at Macy's stores, because of what it refers to as “especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior,” including “sexist behavior,” and the whole President Barack Obama birth drama.
“Donald Trump does not reflect the 'magic of Macy's,” Caruson writes in the petition. “We urge you to sever ties with him.” Carusone, for his part, is unmoved by Trump’s legal threat.
“Donald Trump's attempt to silence me will not work. I've dealt with enough bullies and know better than to succumb to intimidation,” Carusone said in a statement. “By threatening me, Trump is only reinforcing the point that we've been trying to get Macy's to recognize: that Trump's brand is consequence-free bullying and chicanery; it shouldn't be rewarded.”
According to Reuters, Carusone, via his attoreny, Paul Levy of Public Citizen, responded to Trump’s legal correspondence in January. “Your letter repeatedly asserts, without any factual basis, that Carusone has exaggerated the extent to which members of the public have endorsed his boycott effort; you also contend, again without being specific, that Carusone casts Trump in a false light,” Levy wrote.
“There is a well-established First Amendment right to advocate a boycott over policy-related objections ... I have no reason to believe that there is a tort of exaggerating the public support for a political campaign,” Levy continues. “If there were such a tort, I imagine that most candidates for public office, no doubt including your client, would be liable at one point or another.”
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