‘I’ll Sue!’ Says Most Litigious President Ever

'I'll Sue!' Says Most Litigious President Ever

After losing to Joe Biden in the election, Donald Trump is continuing his economic stimulus policy of full employment for lawyers, suing in several states to try overturning his rejection by a majority of voters, claiming his victory has been “stolen” because states are actually counting actual votes. He first asked several states to stop counting votes while he seemed to be ahead, before all the Biden-leaning mail-in ballots were counted. Mr. Trump, former owner of the failed U.S.F.L. New Jersey Generals football team, essentially asked the refs to stop the game in the 3rd quarter and declare him the winner.

Donald Trump had already used campaign funds to pay lawyers in pre-election lawsuits, and continues to make his supporters pay for his sore-loser legal claims, but state taxpayers will foot the bill for defending election boards against the spurious suits. It’s not surprising that Mr. Trump would resort to the courts for his hail-mary legal claims. In 2016, while he was the GOP candidate, Donald Trump was involved in 3500 lawsuits. His legal team should be grateful to be paid with campaign funds. As a businessman, Donald Trump had a habit of stiffing his lawyers.

UPDATE: Donald Trump has found a way to further his baseless legal claims for free — he’s going to pay for them with your tax dollars. Attorney General William Barr has authorized the U.S. Department of Justice to pursue these wacky conspiracy theories in violation of common sense. This also violates long-standing DOJ policy, so the director of the Election Crimes Branch, the official in charge of election fraud investigations, has resigned.

More:

“Kushner advises Trump to pursue “legal remedies” to the election,” Jonathan Swan, Axios

“Giuliani: ‘Networks don’t get to decide elections. Courts do.'” Tim O’Donnell, The Week

“Here Are the All the Lawsuits the Trump Campaign Has Filed Since Election Day—And Why Most Are Unlikely to Go Anywhere,” Alana Abramson and Abigail Abrams, Time

“Trump’s Legal Threats to the Election Are All Bark and No Bite,” Jay Michaelson, Daily Beast

“Trump’s lawsuits are diversionary tactic with little legal basis, experts say,” Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

“Trump Launches Broad Legal Gambit Paired With Public Doubt-Raising On Results,” Philip Ewing, NPR News

“Trump’s New Self-Care Routine: Filing Sad Lawsuits,” Matt Ford, The New Republic

“Trump faces tough road in getting Supreme Court to intervene,” Jessica Gresko and Mark Sherman, Associated Press

“Why the Supreme Court probably won’t help Trump’s reelection fate,” Josh Gerstein, Politico

Updates:

“Trump lawyers suffer embarrassing rebukes from judges over voter fraud claims,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“Trump’s Inner Circle Privately Says Election Lawsuits Are Doomed, Says Report,” Jamie Ross, Daily Beast

“Trump Advisers Fear Court Battles Over Election Loss Are Falling Flat Without ‘Real Evidence,’” Zoë Richards, TalkingPointsMemo

“Fraud claims aimed in part at keeping Trump base loyal,” Colleen Long and Zeke Miller, Associated Press

“Trump Needs Three Consecutive Hail Mary Passes,” Richard L. Hansen, The Atlantic

“Trump’s election challenge looks like a scam to line his pockets,” Dana Milbank, Washington Post

“No Self-Respecting Lawyer Should Touch Trump’s Election-Fraud Claims,” Bradley P. Moss and Joanne Molinaro, The Atlantic

“Trump’s attempt to overturn the election result is ramping up. Here’s what comes next.” Andrew Prokop, Vox

“New Trump Lawsuit Seeks to Overturn Obama’s 2008 Election,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

“Bye, Bye, ‘Sharpiegate’: Trump Campaign Hastily Retreats from Conspiracy-Laden Lawsuit After Brutal Hearing,” Adam Klasfeld, Crime & Law

“Trump’s Election Challenges Keep Getting Laughed Out of Court,” Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine

“Federal prosecutors assigned to monitor election malfeasance tell Barr they see no evidence of substantial irregularities,” Matt Zapotosky and Tom Hamburger, Washington Post

Related:

“Foreign Election Observers Called Out Trump For His ‘Baseless Allegations’ Eroding Democratic Trust,” David Mack, BuzzFeed News

“Trump Says He Will Sue Everyone in Wisconsin,” Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

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