If anyone ever does or says something he doesn't like, Trump's answer is to sue.
Following a New York Times report on Sunday that found some corroboration of sexual assault claims against Justice Brett Kavanaugh and included a new allegation, the man who nominated him is angry.
"Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue," Trump tweeted Sunday morning. "The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!"
Anyone who has followed Trump's playbook closely should not be surprised by his latest Twitter eruption. Over the past few years, he has repeatedly used twitter to claim that anyone he disagrees with should be sued.
His previous targets have included:
Comedian Bill Maher:
I don’t know what will happen with the lawsuit against dummy @billmaher but have an obligation to charity to bring it.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2013
Florida Power & Light:
Florida Power & Light has disgusting rotting utility poles outside Doral in Miami. They should put in new ones or will be sued.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 8, 2013
Wow, Report Just Out! Google manipulated from 2.6 million to 16 million votes for Hillary Clinton in 2016 Election! This was put out by a Clinton supporter, not a Trump Supporter! Google should be sued. My victory was even bigger than thought! @JudicialWatch
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2019
Former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH):
Watch Kasich squirm --- if he is not truthful in his negative ads I will sue him just for fun!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2015
The National Football League (by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady):
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2015
The New York Times:
My lawyers want to sue the failing @nytimes so badly for irresponsible intent. I said no (for now), but they are watching. Really disgusting
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 17, 2016
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX):
If @TedCruz doesn’t clean up his act, stop cheating, & doing negative ads, I have standing to sue him for not being a natural born citizen.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2016
The company that built Healthcare.gov:
When do we sue the company-- for billions-- that robbed us in creating the hapless ObamaCare website?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 26, 2013
President Barack Obama's "top people":
So Obama's top people responsible for ObamaCare think the American Public is stupid! All based on lies and deception! Repubs should sue.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2014
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2015
Gabriel Sherman’s book on Roger Ailes is filled with falsehoods and inaccuracies. Publisher should be ashamed (and sued).
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2014
Penn State (by Joe Paterno's family):
Joe Paterno's family should sue the idiots @PennState that made that ridiculous deal--and commissioned the one sided report.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 4, 2012
The NCAA (by Penn State alumni):
By folding, Penn State leadership made things worse. The deal is ridiculous & punishes the wrong people. I hope the alumni sue to overturn.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2012
Rolling Stone and the Huffington Post (now HuffPost):
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 7, 2015
The Journal News (a New York newspaper):
If everybody sued the Journal News for revealing their info (guns)- paper would go out of business.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2013
Actor Kim Novak's plastic surgeon:
I'm having a real hard time watching the Academy Awards (so far). The last song was terrible! Kim should sue her plastic surgeon! #Oscars
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 3, 2014
MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell:
I heard, because his show is unwatchable, that @Lawrence has made many false statements last night about me. Maybe I should sue him?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 26, 2011
"Some jerk"(who tricked Trump into retweeting a picture of serial killers):
Some jerk fraudulently tweeted that his parents said I was a big inspiration to them + pls RT—out of kindness I retweeted. Maybe I’ll sue.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 29, 2014
Ironically, he has also been sharply critical of those who use the legal system and how easy it is to win in court.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2013
It’s Wednesday. How many times will A-Rod sue the @Yankees today? A-Rod has no one to blame but himself for his predicament.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 21, 2013
Our highly trained security professionals are not allowed to do their job on the Border because of the Judicial Activism and Interference by the 9th Circuit. Nevertheless, they are working hard to make America a safer place, though hard to do when anybody filing a lawsuit wins!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018
Trump has frequently been on both sides of the legal process, having sued or been sued more than 3,500 times.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.