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, Newsweek reported that on Monday his attorneys argued in New York court 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 lawsuit.
Yet, 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 President Nixon after the Civil Service Commission decided that he had been unjustly fired. 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.
In Monday's court filing published by Newsweek, Trump's attorneys write that he is prepared to show that Zervos' allegations are "false, legally insufficient and made in a transparent politically-motivated attack."
Nevertheless, Newsweek points out that 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 hold "direct control" over a 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 the man untouchable.
It is possible for some to disregard the allegations against Trump as mere cases of "he said, she said," but it takes extensive 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.
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