This nation should change its name to the United States of Lawsuits! Or, perhaps that should be the Divided States of Lawsuits. Now, mind you, it’s always been this way, frivolous lawsuits are nothing new. But today it is worse than ever, when the so-called “leader” of the nation is best known for having been either a plaintiff or defendant in more than 6,000 lawsuits over the course of his 72 years.
Trump’s first lawsuit occurred when he was in his twenties. He sued the Department of Justice for $100 million in retaliation after he was found in violation of the Fair Housing Act for racial discrimination in 39 apartment buildings. The case was thrown out by a federal judge, but for Trump, it was to set a precedent.
And now, he is suing the State of California. Now, he calls himself the president of the United States, so would someone please ‘splain to me how he can sue one of the 50 states he claims are under his own dominion? In fact, I found no less than 42 lawsuits with his name as either the sue-er or the sue-ee since he became president, most involving his presidency, others involving his businesses. Although, according to Paul Nolette, a political science professor at Marquette University, the number is much higher. Take for example …
Doe et al. v. Trump Corp. et al. This case was filed in the Southern District of New York just last October. The defendants claim that Trump, his three eldest children, and his company used the Trump name to entice vulnerable people to invest in sham business opportunities.
So anyway, lawsuits are no stranger to Trump, and in fact it’s probably the thing he is best known for … along with being a liar and a sexual predator. But the suit against California … this one is, in my opinion, blatant obstruction of justice and an attempt to manipulate both states’ rights and the 2020 election. Here’s the Cliff Notes version …
Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill requiring all presidential candidates to submit five years of income tax filings by late November in order to appear on the presidential primary ballot in March next year. This does not affect the general election in November, but only the primaries. Since there is no credible candidate thus far running against Trump in California, or anywhere else for that matter, it has no practical effect on Trump. It does, however, affect his ego, and that is largely what is driving Trump’s lawsuit against California.
For the past 40 years, candidates have all released at least some of their tax returns. Trump has released none, and in fact has blocked every attempt of the House committees looking into his finances from obtaining his tax records. A person with nothing to hide does not go to such measures to … well, hide things. The people of this nation have every right to see his tax returns. The greater the lengths he goes to in his attempt to keep his financial records tucked into a dark corner, the more We the People are convinced there is something very sinister going on.
The lawsuit? Well, first of all, guess who’s paying for it? Yepper … you and I … those of us who pay taxes which, by the way, does not include large corporations or Trump’s wealthy donors … it is those of us who get out of bed at 5:00 a.m. every morning and go to a job that we either hate or tolerate … so we can pay Trump’s lawyers for such perfidy as suing the State of California to stroke Trump’s ego. Chew on that one as you trudge along to another day at the ol’ salt mines!
But, while we’re on the subject of lawsuits … there is yet another lawsuit on which the Supreme Court recently ruled that is infuriating, and although it doesn’t directly involve Trump, it is in fact all about Trump and the GOP …
In the case of Rucho v Common Cause, the Supreme Court ruled that while partisan gerrymandering may be “incompatible with democratic principles”, the federal courts cannot review such allegations, as they present nonjusticiable political questions outside the remit of these courts.
In a nutshell, two state legislators from North Carolina, Senator Robert Rucho and Representative David Lewis decided to re-district, or gerrymander, the state to the advantage of the republican party. According to Lewis …
“I propose that we draw the maps to give a partisan advantage to 10 Republicans and three Democrats, because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats.”
This is election-rigging at its worst, and Common Cause, the North Carolina Democratic Party, the League of Women Voters, as well as several others, brought suit. Long story short, at the end of the day, the Supreme Court ruled that “partisan gerrymandering claims present political questions beyond the reach of the federal courts”. Well, excuuuuuse me, but if the issue is “beyond the reach of the federal courts”, then just whose reach is it within???
It seems to me that common sense has been replaced with lawsuits … people cannot seem to be trusted to “do the right thing”, and so, if in doubt hire a good lawyer and sue … somebody … for something. That is certainly Trump’s m.o., and nowadays we the taxpayer are footing the bill for his lawyer-addiction.
And now, please excuse me … I must go call my lawyer and find out if I can sue Trump for my sleepless nights, heartburn, and the burn on my hand! Fun, fun, fun!