Cheri Jacobus sued Donald Trump for $4 million dollars for calling her “dummy” on Twitter. Today the judge tossed the case.
I’ve had my run-ins with Cheri Jacobus. She likes to tweet about Donald Trump a lot in a negative sense. Some have classified her as a #NeverTrumper, #AntiTrump, #TrumpHater. I’ve never seen her on TV but there is video she’s made appearances.
Even though Trump doesn’t pay attention to her daily rants and alleged conspiratorial barbs, she continues to go after him until he recognizes her. One way she got his attention was by going on CNN and claiming Trump wasn’t being transparent about financing.
Trump let everyone know in a tweet that Jacobus has been turned down for a job after begging for it and she went hostile. Trump called her a real dummy and she sued him for $4 million.
Donald Trump can keep his Twitter insults flying. In a decision made public Tuesday, a New York judge dismissed a lawsuit filed last year against the Republican president-elect by a political strategist who said her reputation was trashed when he called her a “dummy” on Twitter.
Trump’s tweets might be “rife with vague and simplistic insults,” and the barbs he aimed at Republican public relations consultant Cheri Jacobus might have been hurtful, but they were still protected free speech, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe ruled.
The case has its roots in a February appearance Jacobus made on CNN in which she said Trump’s presidential campaign had not been transparent about its financing.
Trump retaliated in a tweet that night. Trump tweeted that Jacobus had “begged us for a job. We said no, and she went hostile,” calling her “a real dummy.” Days later he tweeted that she was a “major loser, zero credibility!”
Jacobus filed a $4 million lawsuit, saying Trump’s online attacks had cost her TV appearances and inspired bullying from Trump supporters.
In her 20-page opinion, signed Monday, Jaffe wrote that although Trump’s “intemperate tweets are clearly intended to belittle and demean plaintiff,” they wouldn’t prevent her from working as a consultant and political commentator.
Jacobus’ lawyer, Jay Butterman, vowed to appeal the decision. He said the ruling had effectively given “now President-elect Donald Trump a free pass to trample on the free speech rights of any critic.”
Larry Rosen, Trump’s attorney, called Jaffe’s decision “well-reasoned.” A transition spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
I am sure Trump could easily sue her for all the allegations and lies she puts up on Twitter but like the judge said, it’s all protected under Freedom of Speech.
I bet she was counting her money before she got it. That usually never works.
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