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Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:04 PM

Trump has sent a cease and desist letter over this ad.


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Sahil Kapur

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The Trump campaign just released a cease and desist letter demanding that TV stations immediately pull this ad. https://assets.donaldjtrump.com/2017/web/hero_images/Redacted_PUSA_Letter.pdf


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Trump refused to take the threat of the coronavirus seriously, now he won’t take responsibility as his administration has been totally unprepared for this crisis.

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Reply Trump has sent a cease and desist letter over this ad. (Original post)
Arkansas Granny Mar 25 OP
Eliot Rosewater Mar 25 #1
madaboutharry Mar 25 #2
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 25 #3
Norbert Mar 25 #4
JDC Mar 25 #5
smb Mar 25 #6
MurrayDelph Mar 25 #31
Brother Buzz Mar 25 #7
MyOwnPeace Mar 25 #27
Brother Buzz Mar 25 #40
Flaleftist Mar 25 #8
stillcool Mar 25 #9
gratuitous Mar 25 #10
muriel_volestrangler Mar 25 #11
Dark n Stormy Knight Mar 25 #28
misanthrope Mar 25 #12
Demovictory9 Mar 25 #13
smirkymonkey Mar 25 #14
MyOwnPeace Mar 25 #32
smirkymonkey Mar 25 #33
drmeow Mar 25 #15
ooky Mar 25 #16
wnylib Mar 25 #43
ooky Mar 25 #46
wnylib Mar 25 #48
cilla4progress Mar 26 #52
procon Mar 25 #17
colsohlibgal Mar 25 #18
spanone Mar 25 #19
Wounded Bear Mar 25 #20
PA Democrat Mar 25 #21
djacq Mar 25 #22
Grokenstein Mar 25 #23
Submariner Mar 25 #24
MissB Mar 25 #25
sheshe2 Mar 25 #26
Joinfortmill Mar 25 #29
Submariner Mar 25 #30
Funtatlaguy Mar 25 #34
keithbvadu2 Mar 25 #35
SunSeeker Mar 25 #36
mahatmakanejeeves Mar 25 #37
Haggis for Breakfast Mar 25 #49
smb Mar 26 #55
yonder Mar 25 #38
Yavin4 Mar 25 #39
BobTheSubgenius Mar 25 #41
Brainfodder Mar 25 #42
spanone Mar 25 #44
MrModerate Mar 25 #45
C Moon Mar 25 #47
scarletwoman Mar 26 #50
mr_lebowski Mar 26 #53
cilla4progress Mar 26 #51
Fresh_Start Mar 26 #54

Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:05 PM

1. Why not , they are blocking Bolton book, they might as well end the freedom of the

press for good.

freedom of speech

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:06 PM

2. Trump is allergic to the truth.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:06 PM

3. The First Amendment says Trump can fuck right off.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:06 PM

4. The truth hurts

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:10 PM

5. I'm going to send them a Continue and Move Forward letter

dotard doesn't want the cult to remember or be reminded of his lies and continual misstatements.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:17 PM

6. He Sent A "Cease And Desist" Letter? Send Him A "Fuck You" Letter! nt

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Response to smb (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:16 PM

31. How about

sending a "decease from coprophagia" letter?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:19 PM

7. So, like, we're not allowed to directly quote Trump?

Me thinks this cease and desist shit will be a non-starter when a judge examines it, but I could been horribly wrong.

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:12 PM

27. At this point.......

we don't even know which judge we can trust anymore!

I'd like to be like a naive child and believe that the "law" will survive - and save us all.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #27)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:39 PM

40. I guess it was just a quaint notion we naïvely hung our hat on a million years ago

Shit is getting real.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:21 PM

8. How dare Democrats use his own words against him!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:21 PM

9. he's really just asking for more...

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:22 PM

10. If the kitchen's too hot, you thin-skinned little man

The door is that-a-way.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:23 PM

11. "the Democrat's politicization"? How embarrassing that he can't even find a literate lawyer

to act for him. Anyone with a decent reputation must be avoiding him like, well, the coronavirus.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #11)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:12 PM

28. Well, must've been just one Democrat.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:27 PM

12. He's a public figure

Good luck with that, Donnie Two Scoops. The easiest way to solve it is to resign.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:29 PM

13. its his own words

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:29 PM

14. Pretty powerful.

Am I the only person that gets unduly upset over the right-winger comments on twitter. They just enrage me and bother me to an extreme degree. I know I should ignore them, but I can't help but be affected by such stupidity and hatred.

Are these all real people or just Russian bots? It just distresses me beyond belief. Maybe I should just take a break from Twitter comments for a while because I really have a hard time with these people. Also, wondering why nobody ever strikes back? Is that because they are just bots? Just wondering.

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Response to smirkymonkey (Reply #14)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:16 PM

32. Smirky,

you are not the only one that gets unduly upset, trust me!
What bothers me most is to think that there are actually such ignorant, mean, hateful people out there - and we have to live with them - and they vote!
We have to hang together - or we hang alone.

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Response to MyOwnPeace (Reply #32)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:20 PM

33. Thanks MOP!

Sometimes I just feel like I am losing my mind with these people. I can't understand them. They are just so awful, I have a hard time believing that they are real. Take care!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:29 PM

15. Susan B. Anthony List v. Ohio Elections Commission

And this one isn't even lies!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:49 PM

16. Trump desperately wants the country to forget all of his early remarks

about the Coronavirus.

But we aren't going to let the country forget.

Not only would I keep running that ad, for which his argument is ridiculous (as is usual in the case in any legal action he initiates), but I would run another ad with the entirety of the statement he repeated in his cease and desist letter, to show that in entirety it does not change the context at all.

If he dislikes this one, he 's really going to hate the ads in which he suggests its okay for old people to die in order to "save the American economy".

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Response to ooky (Reply #16)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:54 PM

43. President Death, leader of the Genocide of People party.

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Response to wnylib (Reply #43)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:03 PM

46. Exactly.

I've just taken to calling them the Nazi party. Fascism, genocide = naziism.

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Response to ooky (Reply #46)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:08 PM

48. I started a thread on this a little

while ago on Donny Death's grand show of resurrecting the economy on Easter. On there I said he has also resurrected Mussolini, Hitler, and Stalin.

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Response to ooky (Reply #46)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:05 AM

52. Also

christofascists

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 08:59 PM

17. LOL! Yeah, I can understand why Trump would want to

bury his own incriminating remarks. Since those are his own words, delivered to the media and memorialized forever on internet video clips, the court should laugh in Trump's face, fine him for filing a frivolous lawsuit, and order him to pay the defendant's costs

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:45 PM

18. Not Sure How He Wins This

Nothing untrue or misleading, it is his own dumb misguided remarks.

The man has indirectly killed with his remarks.

He can, and likely will if there is such a place, go to Hell.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:50 PM

19. Is he claiming that's not him in those videos?

whatever you do, don't believe your eyes and your ears

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:57 PM

20. Forward to Susan Collins...

and send a note back to Trump saying, "Your concerns are duly noted."

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 09:58 PM

21. Can we send Trump a cease and desist letter demanding he stop

his daily free lie-filled campaign ads disguised as Coronavirus task force press conferences?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:01 PM

22. Couldn't resist;

[link:|

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:04 PM

23. Multiple groups should create their own variant of the ad and air it in every state.

Have fun blockin' 'em all, Corpulente.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:08 PM

24. Cue Alan Dershowitz for a lame it's okay if Trump crushes the 1st Amendment excuse

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:10 PM

25. He really is trying to run on his response to this!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:11 PM

26. Truth hurts.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:15 PM

29. Great ad

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:15 PM

30. Run it on FACEBOOK where Zuckerberg said political ads won't be censored?

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:26 PM

34. Run it on every conservative media outlet all day long.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:30 PM

35. So, sue! Discovery is where Trump lies under oath.

So, sue! Discovery is where Trump lies under oath.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:30 PM

36. Great ad. Fuck him, it's TRUE. It's HIS OWN WORDS. nt

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:33 PM

37. First of all, whoever wrote that letter needs to learn the correct use of the apostrophe.

Let's see:

Alex W. Cannon, Esq.
Special Counsel
Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.

Here's another link if the first one didn't work.

Trump campaign threatens legal action over liberal super PAC ad
BY JONATHAN EASLEY - 03/25/20 05:54 PM EDT
President Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening legal action against television stations in key battleground states if they continue airing an ad cut by the liberal super PAC Priorities USA alleging that the president called the coronavirus a “hoax.”

Alex Cannon, the legal counsel for Trump’s reelection campaign, sent a letter to television stations in key battleground states where the ad is running demanding they “cease and desist” from airing the ad if they want to “avoid costly and time consuming litigation.”

“Given the foregoing, should you fail to immediately cease broadcasting PUSA’s ad ‘Exponential Threat’, Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. will have no choice but to pursue all legal remedies available to it in law and in equity” the letter states. “We will not stand idly by and allow you to broadcast false, deceptive, and misleading information concerning President’s Trump’s healthcare positions without consequence.”

Priorities USA is putting $6 million behind the ad, which is running on television stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

The ad, which is titled “Exponential Threat,” splices together different audio clips of Trump downplaying the virus over a graphic showing the number of cases on the rise.

"The coronavirus, this is their new hoax,” Trump says in the ad. “We have it totally under control. It's one person coming in from China. One day it's like a miracle, it will disappear. When you have 15 people and within a couple of days is gonna be down to close to zero. We really think we've done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum. I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand. No, I don't take responsibility."

However, fact-checkers at The Washington Post, Snopes, Politifact and FactCheck.org have said it’s wrong to claim that Trump called the virus a hoax.

{snip}

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #37)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:21 PM

49. This is nothing but the time-honored "smoke and mirrors" here.

EVERYONE knows that that is exactly what he said.

Trying to squelch the ad is a fool's errand. Why don't they get that ?

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #49)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:57 AM

55. By Definition

Trying to squelch the ad is a fool's errand.


Well, technically, any activity undertaken on behalf of il Doofus is a fool's errand.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:33 PM

38. Powerful ad, using his own words. The upward increasing arc is especially effective.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:36 PM

39. Hey DU! Stop it! Trump's cease and desist letter is sorely needed during these times.

You can print it out a thousand times and use it as toilet paper.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:40 PM

41. Ahhhh, nice. The time-honoured SLAPP suit.

Fuck those guys. Especially that guy.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:44 PM

42. Bully tactics... just made the ad MORE famous instead ofc.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:58 PM

44. womp womp

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 10:59 PM

45. What a waste of billable hours. n/t

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:05 PM

47. Here's a YouTube version is you want to share the fun with YouTube...

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 12:37 AM

50. I don't see how the Trump campaign has a leg to stand on here.

I read the lawyer's letter - and it's his re-election campaign lawyer, not a White House lawyer - and the entire complaint is predicated on notion that the Priorities USA ad is implying that Trump called the Coronavirus "a hoax."

But, in fact, the ad doesn't do that. Both the voiceover of Trump making the statement, and the words appearing on the screen in sync with the voiceover, say "this is their new hoax" - "their" being the Democrats and news media to which Trump was referring.

Had it been manipulated to just say "a hoax", the lawyer might possibly have a point. But there's a "their" there, which covers the original context.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #50)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:09 AM

53. It's even debatable whether he called the virus a hoax or not ...

His people certainly felt the need to CLARIFY immediately after.

If it were actually clear what he meant, they wouldn't have had to.

If you read the exact quote or watch the video, either meaning is clearly logically derivable.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 01:04 AM

51. Baseless

as always.

But 'murkans love him, apparently!

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Original post)

Thu Mar 26, 2020, 07:37 AM

54. They should add a counter...showing number of deaths

due to his inaction. Heck show the counts by state so that the viewer knows how it affected people like them.

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