President Donald Trump’s ability to threaten any opposition, and then carry out lawsuits to bully those who oppose him is one of his many destructive abuses of power. Trump does not have to win his lawsuit for his strategy to be successful. As he is such a wealthy individual, all he has to do is continue to push lawsuits and force individuals to spend their resources to defend themselves. The money means nothing to Trump, but it can bankrupt those which Trump sues and that is his entire point. He will apply pressure to be vindictive and spiteful, with a judgment perhaps being a peripheral goal but not one he requires to consider his ventures successful. He just wants to tie individuals up in court for as long as possible. Therefore it was interesting to see Trump’s wife, First Lady Melania Trump, amend the language of her multimillion dollar lawsuit against the Daily Mail Online.
The lawsuit was originally brought after the website published information against Melania Trump, but Trump’s lawyers removed some language which was considered too sensational. The original wording said:
Plaintiff (Melania Trump) had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as an extremely famous and well-known person, as well as a former professional model and brand spokesperson and successful businesswoman, to launch a broad-based commercial brand in multiple product categories, each of which could have garnered multimillion dollar business relationships for a multi-year term during which plaintiff is one of the most photographed women in the world.
Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, said of the language change:
The first lady has no intention of using her position for profit and will not do so. It is not a possibility. Any statements to the contrary are being misinterpreted.
Despite changing the language, Melania Trump is still seeking $150 million in damages.