Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are threatening to sue the Lincoln Project because of a billboard they erected in New York City’s Times Square. The organization, an anti-Trump group backed by Republicans, shot back at the president’s daughter and her husband, with a three-page letter they posted on social media saying that because they are public officials, they can’t sue the organization.
The billboards in question are of Trump and Kushner, one of a smiling Ivanka with the number of deaths to the coronavirus instead of the Goya beans from the original photo and the other of Jared with a quote from a Vanity Fair article, where he said, “New Yorkers are going to suffer and that’s their problem.”
Kushners’ lawyer, Marc E. Kasowitz, penned a letter demanding the billboards be taken down and called them “false, malicious and defamatory” threatening them with a legal battle “for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.”
In response, the Lincoln Project said that the Kushners’ threat was “frivolous,” igniting a battle with their scathing letter to the couple. Part of the letter reads, “Your clients are no longer mere Upper East Side socialites, able to sue at the slightest offense to their personal sensitivities. 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.”
Matthew T. Sanderson, who signed the Lincoln Project’s letter, said it is an American right to be critical of public officials like Trump and Kushner — no matter what the two say, “as Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump do here, to evade accountability and muzzle dissent by threatening or filing defamation lawsuits against critics,” he continues to write.
He finishes the letter saying, “These billboards are not causing Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump’s standing with the public to plummet. Their incompetence is.”