WASHINGTON — Alarmed by Donald J. Trump’s record of filing lawsuits to punish and silence his critics, a committee of media lawyers at theAmerican Bar Association commissioned a report on Mr. Trump’s litigation history. The report concluded that Mr. Trump was a “libel bully” who had filed many meritless suits attacking his opponents and had never won in court.
But the bar association refused to publish the report, citing “the risk of the A.B.A. being sued by Mr. Trump.”
David J. Bodney, a former chairman of the media-law committee, said he was baffled by the bar association’s interference in the committee’s journal.
“It is more than a little ironic,” he said, “that a publication dedicated to the exploration of First Amendment issues is subjected to censorship when it seeks to publish an article about threats to free speech.”
You’re a group of LAWYERS. Oooh, Donald Trump might sue you? IF ONLY YOU HAD SOME LEGAL COUNSEL ON HAND. Gosh darn, if only you had access to people with knowledge of the court system!
Unlike, say, every other group Trump and his idiot village targets, like undocumented immigrants, women in beauty pageants, bereaved military parents, members of minority religious groups, and 10-year-old girls. THOSE are the people who have legitimate reason to fear Trump. People without legal resources to tell him to go fuck himself.
Those are the people who will be infinitely better off when this jackass is not in any danger of being president, and if you can help that day come a little sooner you really have no excuse not to. You have power here, even if it’s a small power, and that means you have an obligation to use that power to help someone else.
This is exactly right, by the way:
The report concluded that Mr. Trump had lost four suits, withdrawn two and obtained one default judgment in a private arbitration when a former Miss Pennsylvania failed to appear to contest the matter.
“Donald J. Trump is a libel bully,” the report concluded. “Like most bullies, he’s also a loser, to borrow from Trump’s vocabulary.”
The bar association sought to eliminate that conclusion, which Ms. Seager said was the point of her report.
“I wanted to alert media lawyers that a lot of these threats are very hollow,” she said.
Something I learned during my reporting days: Most people who are going to sue you just sue you. They don’t waste time yelling about suing you, or sending you letters saying they will sue you someday. They just serve your ass and go on about their days. If they’re screaming down the phone about their lawyers it’s because the lawyers have already told them there’s nothing they can do.