It’s been a while since we’ve had a good Donald Trump headline. After his election night rant against Obama, and subsequent Twitter war with Cher, the Donald was uncharacteristically quiet during the Yuletide season.
Now, he is back in full force crazy, suing a man who started an online petition urging Macys to quit carrying Trumpprojects.
Trump’s attorney sent a letter to petition organizer Angelo Carusone, threatening to sue him for damages “not less than $25,000,000” if he continues to campaign against the Donald.Trump and his attorney claim the petition is hurting Trump’s image (like he doesn’t do that himself).
Here is an excerpt from the letter, where Trump’s laweyer claims the petition is disrupting a “longstanding” relationship with Macys. “While you claim to be merely exercising or right to free speech, your egregious, per-meditated and illegal conduct far exceeds anything protected by the Constitution…Rather than simply engage in lawful protest, you have apparently made it your mission to interfere with and intentionally disrupt Mr. Trump’s longstanding and well-established business relationship with Macy’s as well as his contractual dealings with other third parties through mob-like bullying and coercion.”
Well, first of all, the Donald can’t really accuse anyone of “mob-like bullying” after threatening revolution when President Obama was re-elected.
In fact, it was the Donald’s bullying remarks that inspired Carusone to start the petition in the first place. Carusone’s petition, launched on SignOn.org, calls out Trump’s “especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior” and urges Macy’s Chairman, CEO and President Terry J. Lundgren to stop selling Trump’s fragrance and clothing lines at Macy’s stores. So far, the petition has gathered more than 683,000 signatures. Carusone, 30, delivered the petition to Macys headquarters in New York during December.
Now that Trump has fired back, Carusone claims he will not be deterred. “These things can get messy, and I’m aware of that, and Donald Trump is volatile, and extremely wealthy, so that’s a potent combination right there, and he seemed very frustrated,” Carusone said. However, Carusone also believes backing down would sent the wrong message. “For me the worst thing is to succumb to bullying and intimidation.”
When the petition first started, Macys claimed they were not affiliated and still valued Trump’s business. The retail chain has yet to comment on these latest developments.