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GOP Rushing to Pass Online Comments Lawsuit Bill

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Wednesday, 01 Jun 2016 02:06 PM

GOP lawmakers and Silicon Valley companies hope to rush legislation to make it difficult to sue people for their comments online in a bid to thwart Donald Trump from vetoing such bills if he becomes president.

"Obama will sign this. I don't think Trump will," Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold, sponsor of an anti-lawsuit bill and a Trump supporter, tells Politico.

"It's good legislation and stands on its own, but if someone's dislike for the presumptive nominee gets me the vote for this legislation, I'll take it."

Politico says Trump's history of litigation, which some consider bullying, includes "frequent suits and threatened suits in response to people's messaging on and off the Internet."

Among them was an unsuccessful suit against a New York Times business editor over a book that doubted Trump's wealth.

Trump also sued Bill Maher for failing to donate $5 million to charity if Trump provided a copy of his birth certificate proving he was not the "spawn" of his mother having "sex with an orangutan." He later withdrew the suit.

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GOP lawmakers and Silicon Valley companies hope to rush legislation to make it difficult to sue people for their comments online in a bid to thwart Donald Trump from vetoing such bills if he becomes president.
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