An irate Trump fires off a very damp squib

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Earlier today, Donald Trump’s lawyers fired off an angry letter to The New York Times, demanding that its story about alleged sexual misconduct by Trump be pulled down immediately from its website, and that the Times issue a full retraction and apology.

Such letters are standard first steps in the filing of a libel suit. Indeed, the letter from Trump’s lawyer called the story “libel per se” and warned that a refusal to meet Trump’s demands “will leave my client with no option but to pursue all available actions and remedies.”

This is of course part of a pattern by Trump, who seems not to understand how our republic works. He doesn’t understand how the media can be allowed to say bad things about him. He doesn’t understand why his political opponent isn’t in prison, an oversight that like any two-bit dictator, he pledges to fix immediately upon taking office. And in a speech yesterday, he demanded to know “Why the hell is Obama allowed to campaign for Hillary Clinton?”

Because he can, Donald.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the Times quickly rejected Trump’s demand for a retraction, apology, etc.. However, you might find its letter explaining that decision informative and not a little entertaining:

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As the letter notes, “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.” The partial recounting of those words and actions makes it pretty clear that in the extremely unlikely event that Trump pursues the case, the Times would just love the chance to put him under oath and explain these and many other incidents through depositions and before a jury.

I also like the closing argument:

“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.”

It’s your play, Mr. Trump.

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Lee30519
Lee30519

Good morning little ones!

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

Mister Trump is volleying out the warning shot that if you spread viciousness, hate and outright lies like the failing New York Times did in this case, then you will pay the price in court. Bill here has been praying for a quick, just and speedy trial whereby the awful, mean-spirited New York Times MUST print a retraction and then be accordingly fined for printed lies and rumors. 


Pals, you just cannot go ahead and print this garbage which is meant to destroy a good man's character. 


For just that, Bill here and millions love this Real Man who WILL rightfully expand libel laws to put an end to the repeated lies that damages good men who only wish to secure the homeland, deliver us from evil, expand the economy, bring back a culture of life and unshackle the burdens of draconian mandates emanating from Washington. The failing New York Times may try all they want, but the FACT IS that their scheme is back-firing. Mister Trump is up in tons of polls because millions are discovering that they're not receiving The Truth from the mainstream media and the very crooked and corrupt Billary Machine. 


The FACT is WE ARE NOT STUPID! Amen, Bill 

Peachs
Peachs

@Bill OrvisWhite Fact is you are stupid, and it is not that you love anything, it is that you hate everything.  You have in one generation become the minority you use to make fun of and instead of getting your lives straight and all the things you use to tell the minorities you kept under your foot, you became them and they are now you.  


I wish we had the entire campaign in a court of law or at least the candidates under oath.  It would negate this lying to ignorant people who can't filter it out, and live outside reality. 

ptcrunner
ptcrunner

@Bill OrvisWhite ...just like Donald's speech yesterday - your rants on this blog have become filled with tin-foil hat-wearing paranoia never before seen. I'm puzzled as to why Trump supporters like yourself invoke freedom and self-reliance yet somehow defend a nominee who makes proposals that if passed, would turn America into closed society run by a thin-skinned, narcissistic dictator. 

Corey
Corey

@Peachs @Bill OrvisWhite Delusional people actually believe that Mr. Trump's own words and actions are the media's fault. Please do not tell me that roughly half of the U.S.'s electorate is that unreasonable and silly. 

Peachs
Peachs

Please, please, please, sue the NY Times!  And if they are liable then how about politicians and what they say about their opponents?  And we as citizens having to listen to the tripe of FOX. 


This may be a way to reach sanity in this country.  The rule of law, you can't lie in a court of law, worked great of Obamacare, got more real information out to the public than any news source. 

Peachs
Peachs

“At some point, you have to look in the mirror and recognize that you cannot possibly justify support for Trump to your children — especially your daughters,” said one donor.

JamVet
JamVet

Libeling Don Drumpf is possible????

Too.

Damn.

Funny!

Finn-McCool
Finn-McCool

Oddsmakers now have Trump at 5-1. Gonna be a landslide fo sho.

foxdog
foxdog

Wondering if Bookman will ever write a positive piece about Hillary? He might be having trouble coming up with anything. It is much easier to attack Trump when you struggle to come up with good, things to say about her.

Peachs
Peachs

@foxdog Trump puts himself out there and then there are people who want a superman and make this dork the one.  


There is no lack of info on Hillary, she has been reviewed in every venue, and at least we know who our next president is. 

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

I've always liked Donna Brazile. I've always seen her as an honest broker.

I'm now disappointed since Wikileaks divulged.

Just because it was handed to you doesn't mean you should use it, Donna. 

honested
honested

@rimsky @FIGMO2 

What I'm wondering is HOW does chump have this info BEFORE the press?

Does he have any concern that he might be cooperating with a foreign government against the best interests of the US?

rimsky
rimsky

@FIGMO2 Any leaks on Reeses pieces yet and his WS backers

rimsky
rimsky

Hillary as the president will be the best thing that happens to the Russian people.

Russian people deserve better leaders than the tyrant Putin. 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Never got to do this before



Drumroll.......


SHEETZ !!!

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

 They also point to the US government and media, working together with the Clinton campaign, making the whole thing up to try to condition public opinion against a major geopolitical rival.


Cut and Pasted that particular conspiracy crackpot theory for future use.


So the leaked emails are being done by the US Government, media, and Clinton campaign in a huge conspiracy to turn public opinion against Russia. That is what is going on here. That is what you believe. 


Just amazing


Who did you say killed Kennedy again?  I gotta get that one from you one day.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Hedley_Lammar 

Assange has turned into a puppet of a foreign government masquerading as a freedom of information activist. He is serving as a tool for the sole purpose to interfere in our election process.

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Every bit as much evidence of that as there is that the Russian government was behind it.

And based on past history, quite a bit more.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

It used to be the right attacking Assange and the left praising him as a truth teller.

I was always interested in what the guy had to offer on either side.

I remember being concerned about his revealing state secrets and then I thought...

should we be operating under a shroud of secrecy?

Then there was the alienation of our allies.

We were well on our way to doing that anyway. 

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@McGarnagle 

Assange has turned into a puppet of a foreign government masquerading as a freedom of information activist. He is serving as a tool for the sole purpose to interfere in our election process.

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What's your evidence that Assange is a puppet of a foreign government?

rimsky
rimsky

tsk tsk Mr. Pinko.  Potty mouth.  Never expected that from you.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Assange can release all the emails he wants. But when it is only coming from one source ( DNC ) that should give you pause.


Also the very people who will scream about privacy and Snowden etc seem to take glee in organizations like the DNC's private emails being exposed.


I see a double standard there.


What is the Communist Party Of America's emails were hacked and released ? Should they not be afforded some privacy. 

TBS
TBS

I don't know where the emails came from.

I don't know if Assange is just the distributor because he is does not like the Obama administration or did he seek out hackers to obtain this info because he doesn't like them. No doubt he doesn't like them

Would be interesting to know but in the mean time I will just watch the remainder of the election season play out

DS
DS

@TBS The FBI is fairly sure the emails were hacked by Russian government spy agencies, who then handed them over to Wikileaks.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/top-russian-officials-shift-away-from-denying-dnc-hack-1476295233

Theories are that Putin believes Trump would be easier to control. Just flatter him, say how brilliant he is, and Trump will do your bidding.

Trump has repeatedly made statements that show he wouldn't push back very hard against Putin's aggressive moves.

Wikileaks is the go-to distributor for any kind of state secrets. They relish any opportunity to reveal anything like that. So they were an obvious outlet for Russian spy agencies to dump hacked emails.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Is "New Republic" a right-leaning site? 

honested
honested

@FIGMO2 

No, but they do allow unhinged wrong-wingers to publish non-factual articles.

rimsky
rimsky

What does FFS mean.  Any hint.  I ain't swift with high foluting lingo

honested
honested

I guess it's easy enough to find why there is a clear disconnect from reality in the current electorate. This was made more obvious to me while scanning the titles of articles on RCP during lunch today. There were two articles from the known crackpot publication, 'The Federalist',..."Hillary Clinton Supports Unlimited, Taxpayer Funded Abortion" (no she doesn't, I wish she did, but she doesn't. Aside from the funding part, the title of the article could have been "Hillary Clinton Supports Federal Law"), and "Voter Fraud Is Real, And It's Enough To Tip An Election" (but the breathless title didn't include the quite factual "But We Can't Find ANY Examples). So much for 'the federalist'.


Then there is the crackpot writing for the Washington Post who used to be a speechwriter for shrub..."Hillary Clinton Is A Threat To Religious Liberty" (because she realizes that religion is not in charge of the United States Government.


If you are easily deluded, I can see how reading such factless nonsense could make you angry and confused.


Too bad people don't concentrate on becoming better informed.

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

Good afternoon my fellow Putin sympathizers and Julian Assange sympathizers.

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So would I be safe to conclude that the liberals have been pretty well conditioned now to oppose Julian Assange and Wikileaks? 

In other words, they're now classified as nefarious foreign agents wishing to do America harm and so to 'sympathize' with them or what they're doing almost borders on treason. 

That going too far?

honested
honested

@Donnie_Pinko 

As long as he cooperates with the russians to spy on the United States, then yes!

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@rimsky @Donnie_Pinko 

Ah, so Vladimir Putin is not just a foreign leader with his own sphere of interests which may at times conflict with those of the US, he's now an enemy. 

Sounds like you're practically on a war footing there chief.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@rimsky @Donnie_Pinko  Don't be silly.  It wouldn't surprise me in the least if Russia hacked the Emails and passed them on to Wiki BUT that doesn't make Assange Putin's puppet. 

BTW - apart from declarative statements from the US government, there has been no evidence showing that Russia is the one who hacked the DNC

rimsky
rimsky

@PaulinNH @rimsky @Donnie_Pinko Well Assange has the ability to say NO to the Russians.  Correct?

BTW why doesn't Assange cooperate with our hackers and expose Putin's ill gotten booties.

And how his Intellegence agencies are murdering journilist.

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@Donnie_Pinko


Assange has turned into a puppet of a foreign government masquerading as a freedom of information activist. He is serving as a tool for the sole purpose to interfere in our election process.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@rimsky @PaulinNH @Donnie_Pinko  Ask yourself this question - ignore Assange and wiki for the moment. If David Halberstam, Seymour Hersh or Neil Sheehan received copies of the DNC Emails through the mail, would they have published them?

TBS
TBS

Well he can say no to whomever he likes but he is not fond of the Obama administration. Whether it's the Russian government, sanctioned by the Russian government, came from within Russia but totally unrelated to the government or nothing to do with Russia at all I'm not surprised Assange would send out any info he obtains that he thinks would be damaging to Obama and HC.

I'd say I'm a little surprised that some bloggers and people elsewhere thought Assange was going to totally sink HC but not surprised at all. She is running against Trump. They needed to bank on something besides Trump to stop her.

rimsky
rimsky

@PaulinNH @rimsky @Donnie_Pinko No they won't. But they would publish things given to them regarding the Republicans.

But Nothing about the Republicans have come out from Assange.  Just talk that he has something.  Which in short BS

rimsky
rimsky

@Donnie_Pinko @rimsky @PaulinNH You base your argument with a "Maybe"?  Come on put some umph to your argument and make a bold statement and stand by it.  Not some wishy washy crap.

honested
honested

@PaulinNH @rimsky @Donnie_Pinko 

Add the caveat, if they had come from the KGB (at the time) would they have published them?

I find a clear difference in a 'leak' and a 'hack'.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@PaulinNH @rimsky @Donnie_Pinko  BTW - apart from declarative statements from the US government, there has been no evidence showing that Russia is the one who hacked the DNC


No there hasn't. But all signs point in that direction.