LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – Donald Trump has threatened a suit against Angelo Carusone concerning his Macy’s petition. Donald Trump threatens a twenty-five million dollar lawsuit against a SignOn.org petitioner Angelo Carusone in a new battle revealed today.
Trump is furious with Angelo Carusone. So he has sent a threatening letter to Angelo. And while it remains unclear if Trump really intends to sue Angelo, the court of public opinion is already out about the latest legal trouble for The Donald.
The matter started after Angelo Carusone launched a petition at SignOn.org urging Macys to stop selling Trump’s brand. The Macys stores carry Trump fragrance and clothing. The petition claims that Trump exhibits a “especially unpleasant, nasty and despicable behavior.”Donald Trump does not reflect the ‘magic of Macy’s.’”
So how did Donald Trump spend his Christmas holiday? He apparently sent of a nasty legal letter to Angelo. “While you claim to be merely exercising or right to free speech, your egregious, pre-meditated and illegal conduct far exceeds anything protected by the Constitution.” It added “Rather than simply engage in lawful protest, you have apparently made it your mission to interfere with and intentionally disrupt Mr. Trump’s longstanding and well-established business relationship with Macy’s as well as his contractual dealings with other third parties through mob-like bullying and coercion.” Trump’s attorney, Alan Garten, says that if the conduct doesnâ€™t stop Trump will sue Carusone for damages “not less than $25,000,000″.
Carusone has now responded. First he issued a news statement. “Donald Trump’s attempt to silence me will not work. I’ve dealt with enough bullies and know better than to succumb to intimidation. By threatening me, Trump is only reinforcing the point that we’ve been trying to get Macy’s to recognize: that Trump’s brand is consequence-free bullying and chicanery; it shouldn’t be rewarded.”
Next, Angelo retained Paul Levy of Public Citizen. Levy writes “There is a well-established First Amendment right to advocate a boycott over policy-related objections … I have no reason to believe that there is a tort of exaggerating the public support for a political campaign. If there were such a tort, I imagine that most candidates for public office, no doubt including your client, would be liable at one point or another.” Trump has yet to comment about the latest round. Just ironically, Trumpâ€™s current public spat surfaces weeks before a new season of the Apprentice.