The anti-Trump Lincoln Project PAC is at it again, this time erecting two massive billboards in Times Square taunting Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump over their respective alleged responses to COVID-19. Needless to say, Jared and Ivanka are not happy campers and are now threatening a lawsuit if the billboards are not removed immediately.
The political action committee tweeted photos of the billboards in place on Thursday morning, ahead of the final presidential debate. The taunting caption reads: ”It’s a good morning in Times Square for Ivanka and Jared.”
It’s a good morning in Times Square for Ivanka and Jared. pic.twitter.com/gbtiHq9NtK
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 22, 2020
On one billboard, Ivanka is depicted as a smiling spokesmodel, gesturing towards the latest count of New Yorkers, and Americans in total who have died from Covid-19. The image appears to be lifted from a selfie she tweeted in July in which she held and gestured toward a can of Goya black beans.
If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020
In a separate adjacent billboard, Jared is depicted next to body bags and a large quote that reads, “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem.” The quote is attributed to Kushner from a Sept. 17 Vanity Fair article about an alleged March 21 White House meeting between Kushner and a private-sector group about the nation’s COVID-19 response. Kushner reportedly grew angry when discussing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s lack of timely response to the virus, which allegedly led to the quote.
Ivanka and Jared threaten to sue the anti-Trump Lincoln Project for ‘outrageous libel and enormous damages’ for putting up billboards in Times Square showing them ‘smiling’ about COVID deaths
Sad! 😎 🏴☠️
— IntoTheMystic (@Mystic_Sailor) October 24, 2020
Here’s the thing, as reported by the New York Post. The quote was not only fed to Vanity Fair by an anonymous attendee of the meeting; the version on the billboard lacks the original context:
“Cuomo didn’t pound the phones hard enough to get PPE ( personal protective equipment; clothing, helmets, goggles, or other garments or equipment designed to protect the wearer’s body from injury or infection) for his state. […] His people are going to suffer and that’s their problem,” the original quote attributed to Kushner read in the story.
In a letter threatening a lawsuit, attorney Mark Kasowitz wrote:
“We represent Mr. Jared Kushner and Ms. Ivanka Trump. I am writing concerning the false, malicious and defamatory ads that the Lincoln Project is displaying on billboards in Times Square. Those ads show Ms. Trump smiling and gesturing toward a death count of Americans and New Yorkers, and attribute to Mr. Kusher the statement that “(New Yorkers) are going to suffer and that’s theire problem” (alteration in original), with body bags underneath.
“Of course Mr. Kushner never made any such statement, Ms. Trump never made any such gesture, and the Lincoln Project’s representations that they did are an outrageious and shameful libel. If these billboards are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.”
Kushner and Ivanka don’t like the billboards https://t.co/mD0xfNlDUb
— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) October 24, 2020
And on that note, the PAC tweeted: “A legal response will be coming soon.”
A legal response will be coming soon.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 24, 2020
As reported by The Hill, the Lincoln project late Friday said in a statement that it intends to leave the billboards up and that they accurately depict what the PAC says is the Trump administration’s lax attitude toward the pandemic.
The level of indignant outrage Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump have shown towards The Lincoln Project for exposing their indifference for the more than 223,000 people who have lost their lives due to their reckless mismanagement of COVID-19 is comical. While we truly enjoy living rent-free in their heads, their empty threats will not be taken any more seriously than we take Ivanka and Jared.
It is unsurprising that an administration that has never had any regard or understanding of our Constitution would try to trample on our first amendment rights, but we fully intend on making this civics lesson as painful as possible.
So that’s where it now stands.
Presumably, members of the Lincoln Project, formed in late 2019 by a number of former Republicans — among them the Trump-loathing husband of former Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, George Conway — are gleefully pleased with themselves over their latest stunt. In addition to their paramount goal of defeating Trump in the 2020 presidential election, the “conservative” group has also worked with the Democrat Party in an effort to defeat all Republicans in close races running for re-election in the United States Senate.
Think about the level of bitterness that must take.
It boggles the mind of a true conservative — this one, anyway — that a group of self-disenfranchised Republicans can be so disgruntled — disgruntled to the point of near-insanity — to not care more about protecting America from Joe Biden in the White House and Democrat control of both chambers of Congress, than about defeating Donald Trump.
Trump Derangement Syndrome is a terrible affliction to behold, made even more terrible by former Republicans whose hatred has replaced what one would assume was once rational thought.