The Lincoln Project is staffed with a slate of Republicans using a unique set of ads to bring down President Donald Trump. One of the latest is a billboard in New York City’s Times Square, where many tourists often visit when they are in town.
The ad features a photo of Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, which prompted the first family to lash out at the organization demanding the billboard be taken down or they would sue for “what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.”
In response to the letter, the Lincoln Project’s lawyers fired off a letter of their own:
“Please peddle your scare tactics elsewhere. The Lincoln Project will not be intimidated by such empty bluster,” the letter says.
“Your clients are no longer more Upper East Side socialites, able to sue at the slightest offense to their personal sensitivities. Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump are public officials. They have been public officials since President Trump, in a gross act of nepotism, awarded Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump senior White House positions in 2017. The placement of Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump in these high-level White House offices has been disastrous for Americans everywhere, but it is now also devastating to the prospects of your would-be lawsuit.”
They included a footnote saying that to have standing for such a case, Jared and Ivanka must “satisfy the First Amendment ‘actual malice’ standard to bring a libel claim.”
Read the full letter below:
The Lincoln Project’s legal response to the frivolous threat of a lawsuit from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s lawyer.
This will not be the last they hear from us. pic.twitter.com/GNnFsnsCer
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 24, 2020