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Donald Trump’s lawsuits for defamation, insults, etc., are worrisome, because they appear to indicate an allergy to free speech by individuals not named Trump. American presidents need to be thick-skinned. They shouldn’t be like France’s president Holland who threatened litigation against journalists reporting his running around on a motorized scooter in the middle of the night to cheat on his girlfriend. Nor like Haiti’s former Prime Minister Lamothe who filed suit for defamation. While Americans go overboard with their lies and defamatory speech toward politicians and could benefit from more honesty and civility, it is far better than using litigation to stifle dissent, which appears to be increasingly the international norm. The lies and incivility are, of course, one of the reasons that decent politicians are rare. The other is campaign costs.

Those mentioned below aren’t the only lawsuits of concern. However, it is the only summary that could be found licensed under Creative Commons, other than the Wikipedia article, which is also incomplete. Too many media outlets now stifle free speech and debate by exaggerated and unfair copyright claims, which seem to even preclude fair use summaries or excerpts and often prohibit linking. Trying to figure out their terms is unduly onerous and often not worth it. Thus, we leave you to assemble the Trump lawsuits yourself. Unlike the Cato Institute author, we agree with Trump’s “tariff talk”, however. Historically countries have used tariffs to encourage local production and local job creation, or even been forced to due to wars.

We support Stephen Comley for President: http://www.stephencomleysr.com/about/ Although we do not agree 100% with Comley on all points, he appears closest to the average middle American in his opinions. Furthermore, he is the only anti-nuclear candidate. If everyone is sick or dead due to the nuclear industry and its waste, then nothing else matters. Dead and dying people don’t need free speech. While Gallup only found that the majority of Americans oppose nuclear energy this year, a 2009 poll already found that 90% of Americans favored solar and wind, and only 40% favored nuclear. Thus, even in being anti-nuclear, Comley is the candidate closest to the American people in his views: http://www.gallup.com/poll/190064/first-time-majority-oppose-nuclear-energy.aspx http://www.futurity.org/taking-americas-energy-temperature/ While Bernie Sanders was against nuclear power, he did not object to the burial of Vermont’s nuclear waste in west Texas, and many of his views were outside of majority opinion.

From the Cato Institute:
APRIL 29, 2011 2:48PM
Donald Trump as Litigation Bully
Do you need another reason — besides the tariff talk, the eminent domain trail, the inane birtherism, and, well, the hundred other reasons — to hope the presidential campaign of Donald Trump goes nowhere? Well, here’s another reason: he’s an aggressive, some might say abusive, user of lawsuits and threats of lawsuits against those who apply unwanted scrutiny to his business operations.

Twenty years ago, analyst Marvin Roffman of the Philadelphia investment firm of Janney Montgomery Scott predicted that Trump’s then-new Taj Mahal casino would have difficulty recouping its huge investment, in part because of its troubled Atlantic City location. As financial predictions go, Roffman’s was a very shrewd one, borne out by the later restructuring of the casino’s finances, which was costly for bondholders.

At the time, however, Trump threatened the Janney firm in no uncertain terms: “I am now planning to institute a major lawsuit against your firm unless Mr. Roffman makes a public apology or is dismissed.” No profile in courage, the Janney firm proceeded to fire Mr. Roffman.

More recently, Trump pursued New York Times reporter Tim O’Brien and Warner Books through extensive defamation litigation (eventually dismissed) over O’Brien’s 2005 book Trump Nation, which placed a much lower valuation on the net worth of Trump’s empire than Trump thought proper or accurate.

There are words that come to mind to describe wealthy people who repeatedly use lawsuits or the threat of lawsuits to shut up or extract apologies from people they think have criticized them, and one of those words is “bully.” Why one would seek out that sort of character trait in a candidate for higher office is anything but clear.
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