Not at all surprisingly, Donald Trump has threatened to sue the New York Times over the story they ran titled "Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately," claiming that it was libelous. Now the Times has responded, and the crux of their response is basically, "Go ahead, buddy."
David McCraw, a lawyer for the Times, sent the following letter to Trump's lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. It reads:
I write in response to your letter dated October 12, 2016 to Dean Baquet concerning your client Donald Trump, the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States. You write concerning our article "Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them Inappropriately," and label the article as "libel per se." You ask that we "remove it from [our] website, and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology." We decline to do so.
The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one’s reputation. Mr. Trump has bragged about his non-consensual sexual touching of women. He has bragged about intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced to a radio host’s request to discuss Mr. Trump’s own daughter as a ‘piece of ass.’ Multiple women not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr.Trump’s unwanted advances. 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.
But there is a larger and much more important point here. The women quoted in our story spoke out on an issue of national importance—indeed, an issue that Mr. Trump himself discussed with the whole nation watching during Sunday night's presidential debate. Our reporters diligently worked to confirm the women's accounts. They provided readers with Mr. Trump's response, including his forceful denial of the women's reports. It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to democracy itself to silence their voices. We did what the law allows: We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. 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.
Trump held a "major speech" today at noon in West Palm Beach, which mostly consisted of him saying the "vicious claims" are "fabricated," and calling everyone on Earth a liar.
He also specifically mentioned the People writer, Natasha Stoynoff, who claimed he assaulted her, implying that she wasn't hot enough for him to want to molest.
Trump bragged about his inappropriate conduct with women to Billy Bush in 2005, and now he wants everyone to think that was all talk. He's been on Howard Stern making sexual remarks about women (including his own daughter, Ivanka) and young girls unbefitting a presidential candidate. Several women have come forward to accuse of him of forcibly kissing and touching them without consent. But sure, none of it's true.
SMDH. As Trump himself would say, "Sad!"