Donald Trump has a lot of scores to settle.
Now Trump is going on the offensive.
And Donald Trump scored major revenge against one enemy with this 100-million-dollar lawsuit.
Donald Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit naming New York Times reporters David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner, as well as his niece Mary Trump as defendants.
Trump sued over a 2018 New York Times story by Barstow, Craig and Buettner that claimed Trump’s father Fred gave him more money than the one-million-dollar loan Trump claimed and that Trump engaged in various legal methods to reduce his tax liability.
Donald Trump’s lawsuit alleged the Times reporters coerced his niece – who is a fanatical anti-Trump leftist – to illegally turnover confidential tax returns to The New York Times.
“The defendants engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records which they exploited for their own benefit and utilized as a means of falsely legitimizing their publicized works. The defendants’ actions were motivated by a personal vendetta and their desire to gain fame, notoriety, acclaim and a financial windfall and were further intended to advance their political agenda,” Trump’s lawsuit reads.
Trump argues the Times knew it obtained confidential memos by one part of the story which read they had access to “more than 40,000 pages of highly sensitive, proprietary, private and confidential documents, including, but not limited to, financial documents, accountings, tax records, income tax returns, bank statements, legal documents and other related documents.”
In a podcast with left-wing activist Molly Jong-Fast, Mary Trump admitted to acting as the source for the Times story.
“Yeah, um, I’m actually really proud of that,” Mary Trump told Jong-Fast. “But I have to be honest with you, I didn’t even remember I had [the confidential records]. It’s entirely down to the brilliant Susanne Craig for, one, reminding me that I had them and, two, so effectively and tenaciously trying to convince — I mean it took her months before I did — so it’s entirely down to her.”
Both Mary Trump and The New York Times dismissed the suit as a nuisance.
But what stood out to Trump supporters was that Trump was still willing to fight for his name and reputation.
It became a running joke in 2016 among corporate media members to say “but he fights” as a shorthand for why millions of Americans supported Donald Trump.
But the truth of the matter is many Republicans viewed party elites as RINOs that rolled over at the first whiff of corporate media criticism.
Trump’s willingness to file lawsuits and attack his rivals on social media translated into political capital because Americans thought Trump would fight for them.
And many are taking Donald Trump filing a $100 million lawsuit against two of his chief critics – The New York Times and his niece Mary Trump – as more evidence Trump is preparing a 2024 presidential campaign.
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