Donald Trump is quick on the draw when he's defending his name, which usually includes a threat to sue, but he rarely follows through, according to a USA Today
Titled "Trump and the Law," USA Today's series looked at 4,000 lawsuits filed by and against Trump and found that when it comes to people's words, there have been just six times that Trump claimed he was defamed in some way.
USA Today found that when the real estate mogul threatens to sue, it's usually just a tactic.
"Plainly, the guy uses lawsuits as a tool of intimidation and doesn't care how much he clogs the courts with nonsense," comedian Bill Maher told USA Today.
Maher actually was sued by Trump — but it was eventually dropped.
"My job is to protect my clients and their brand from attacks," Trump general counsel Alan Garten told USA Today. "To say now he should stop engaging in business or protecting his rights is crazy and inconsistent with the principles of the American people."
Common targets for Trump's threat of litigation have been journalists and media companies. USA Today reports that The Washington Post and The New York Times have heard from Trump's legal team during the campaign, though no lawsuit has been filed.
The Village Voice back in 1978 said Trump threatened to sue one of its journalist, USA Today reported.
"Donald Trump has repeatedly attempted to silence his critics over the years through frivolous lawsuits," Evan Mascagni of the Public Participation Project told USA Today.
"If you really examine some of these cases, it becomes pretty obvious that Trump didn't file these suits to seek justice. Rather, he filed them to intimidate, harass and silence his critics."
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