President Donald Trump has had a career of lawsuits, so one would assume that he'd be experienced in managing his business failures while going to court.
However, in New York's top court on Monday, his attorneys argued that a defamation lawsuit filed against him should be postponed until the end of his presidential term due to his "extremely busy schedule."
Given that he has more than enough time for expensive getaways to Mar-A-Lago, this looks suspiciously like a convenient excuse to avoid facing his misogynist music.
Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," is one of a number of women who have accused Trump of sexual assault and harassment. He called her claims "100% fabricated and made up" on Twitter and, in response, she hit him with a defamation lawsuit.
However, Trump's legal team is questioning whether or not he even needs to go to court in the first place. They're citing his hectic 100 first days in office and the 1982 Supreme Court case Nixon vs. Fitzgerald, in which a civilian analyst sued then-President Nixon for damages after the Civil Service Commission decided that Nixon had fired him unjustly. The court ruled to recognize "the president's constitutional responsibilities and status" in "counseling judicial deference and restraint." In short, he's the president so give him a pass.
Zervos claims that Trump made nonconsensual sexual advances toward her in 2007 after he invited her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles to discuss business.
"I assumed we were going to a restaurant in the hotel," Zervos stated in a 2016 press conference . "Instead I was taken to a bungalow."
She said Trump "came to me and started kissing me open-mouthed as he was pulling me towards him. He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast."
Zervos said she made it clear that she did not want his advances, but he continued to grope her and force himself on her.
She said that she gave him a chance to retract his lie that the assault did not happen, but when he refused, she decided to sue for an apology and $2,914.
In Monday's court filing published by Newsweek, Trump's attorneys write that he is prepared to show that the allegations are "false, legally insufficient and made in a transparent politically-motivated attack."
Nevertheless, they also seek to establish immunity from litigation in order to save Trump from "the burden of defending against a lawsuit in the first place" and question whether a state court can have any "direct control" over the president. It is a move that not only seeks to discount the claims of Zervos and the many other women who have spoken out about Trump, but to make him untouchable.
It is possible for some to disregard the allegations against Trump as mere cases of "he said, she said," but it takes some denial of his public and problematic moments. Let's not forget the leaked tape in which Trump proudly bragged to Billy Bush about grabbing women "by the p***y."
He'd also fill a dictionary with his sexist statements that reveal a view of women that is downright predatory and dangerous. If Zervos' words aren't enough to bring this man to trial, let's take him at his own.