Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner threaten to sue the Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards

Sarah Elbeshbishi
 
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At a Trump rally in Fla., a man appears to display a hand gesture that the Anti-Defamation League calls a hate symbol used by white supremacists.

A lawyer for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sent a letter to the Lincoln Project on Friday threatening to sue if two billboards in Times Square were not removed.  

The Lincoln Project, a conservative anti-Trump organization, tweeted out the letter along with an image of the two ads featuring President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law. 

One billboard depicts IvankaTrump – an adviser to her father – gesturing to the number of national and statewide deaths due to the coronavirus. The other includes a smiling Kushner – a senior adviser to the president – and a quote attributed to him saying, “(New Yorkers) are going to suffer and that’s their problem.” The bottom of the ad is also lined with body bags.  

The letter called the ads “false, malicious and defamatory” and said “of course, Mr. Kushner never made any such statement.”  

The Kushner quote comes from a September Vanity Fair article about the mismanagement of the coronavirus. The article claims that an attendee from a March 21 meeting with members of the Trump administration recalled Kushner saying that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “didn’t pound the phones hard enough to get PPE for his state. … His people are going to suffer and that’s their problem.”  

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“If these billboard ads are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages,” Marc E. Kasowitz, the couple’s lawyer, wrote in the letter.  

Later Friday the group shared their statement on Twitter and called Kushner and Trump “entitled, out-of-touch bullies who have never given the slightest indication they have any regard for the American people. We plan on showing them the same level of respect.  

The Lincoln Project, in their statement, that the billboards will remain up and that they consider it important that “people are continuously reminded of the cruelty, audacity, and staggering lack of empathy the Trump’s and the Kushner’s have displayed towards the American people.”  

The group is also responsible for several other anti-Trump billboard ads in several states,including in North Carolina. An ad there says “Trump lied. 200,000 plus died. More than the entire population of Wilmington.”  

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