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Mary Trump unimpressed by uncle's latest lawsuit against her: 'This is how the Trump family communicates'
Mary Trump reacted to former President Donald Trump's latest lawsuit against her by explaining that lawsuits are "how the Trump family communicates."
Donald Trump filed the lawsuit this week claiming that Mary Trump and The New York Times “engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" about his finances.
In an interview on Tuesday, Mary Trump told host Charles Blow that no one in the former president's immediate family had spoken to her about the lawsuit.
"I think their way of communicating with people they disagree with is to sue them," Mary Trump explained. "And that's exactly what they did."
She noted that she has previously been sued by the Trump family to prevent the publication of her book. Mary Trump later sued the former president's family "because I believe they committed fraud against me," she said.
"I guess this is how the Trump family communicates when they're not getting along," she added. "We trade lawsuits. The difference being, I think mine has some merit."
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As @MaryLTrump told me recently on my show #PRIMEwithCharlesBlow on @BNCNews, “I guess this is how the Trump family communicates when they're not getting along: we trade lawsuits." #MaryTrump #TrumpSues #TheNewYorkTimes #NYT https://t.co/tQtnLzYoP0 pic.twitter.com/ugXzvxFx2v
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) September 22, 2021
Bulwark columnist Mona Charen explained Wednesday that the only issue that should matter in the off-year elections in Virginia and New Jersey is "the truth."
In an era of "fake news," unregulated deep-fakes and politicians who will tell obvious lies, Charen explained that in the past it would have been no contest. She said she would have voted Republican. Not anymore.
"But now, though Terry McAuliffe leaves me cold, I will vote for him. I guess that makes me a single-issue voter," she said.
It's all from the last 12 months of missing integrity and "little courage" from GOP members. She recalled a member of the Michigan state board of canvassers named Aaron Van Langevelde. MAGA world pressured him and the other Republican on the board to step in to stop the state's election certification, but he refused.
He was forced out of his position, his family got death threats and they all needed security. In the end, another canvasser chief was appointed who would have done exactly the same thing as Van Langevelde.
The story perfectly illustrates today's Republican Party, she argued. Georgia's secretary of state Brad Raffensperger is fighting for a legitimate election, probably destroying his career in GOP politics along with it. He too was plagued by death threats, pressure from the former president and others. He ultimately had to move out of their home for safety for a week because even months after the election, it was still going on. The Georgia GOP didn't condemn the attacks or defend their official.
"I wish I could say that they were merely silent — though that would have been incriminating enough," wrote Charen. "But no, both Republican senators at the time, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, called on Raffensperger to resign. Their joint statement read in part (trigger warning for those with sensitive digestion): 'Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy. The secretary of state has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.'"
Similar things are happening in Oklahoma, Nevada, and more, so Charen concluded by explaining that the only issue for her in the upcoming election is the truth.
"The Republican party, in Washington and nationally, has become a conspiracy of liars," she closed. "As such, it threatens the stability of the republic. Even a seemingly inoffensive candidate like Glenn Youngkin has given aid and comfort to this sinister agenda by stressing 'election integrity' in his campaign. It doesn't change a thing to reflect that he's almost certainly insincere. He stopped talking about it after winning the primary, suggesting that all the 'integrity' talk was just a sop to MAGA voters. Still, a victory for him will send a message that the Republican party is normal again, a party that good people can support."
She explained that it isn't, and called it nothing more than a cult committed to lying, promoting liars and punishing anyone who dares to tell the truth.
Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero called for the 20-day break in the lawsuit filed by VoterGa self-described watchdog Garland Favorito and other voters against the Fulton County election board to give the secretary of state's office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation time to file updates on their investigations of accusations that fraudulent ballots were counted in the Nov. 3 election that delivered Georgia to President Joe Biden.
Once the briefs are filed, Amero said he'll be prepared to rule on Fulton attorneys' request to dismiss the lawsuit against members of the Fulton elections board.
If there is proof of counterfeit ballots, Amero said, then it would give the plaintiffs more credibility to award them a closer look at the ballots. Additionally, those briefs will offer insight into whether his court orders are hindering state investigations in any way, the judge said.
“It is important to me that we know whether or not counterfeit ballots have been introduced into the mix," Amero said.
Favorito and the group of Georgia voters are asking to examine the ballots using high-powered microscopes, which they claim will demonstrate that ballot fraud contributed to former President Donald Trump's loss in Georgia to Biden.
VoterGa's claims of absentee ballot fraud include affidavits from poll monitors' claiming pristine ballots were included in the batches counted. The claim hinges on the premise that the paper ballots should have been creased when folded to fit in an envelope.
An attorney representing Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Monday that the details in the brief about the state's case will likely be limited because it's an ongoing investigation. Once completed, it will be presented to the State Election Board that will decide whether to refer the case to prosecutors.
State election officials have repeatedly debunked unfounded claims of election fraud, including counterfeit ballots, and resisted pressure from Trump to overturn Biden's Georgia victory.
An August review from a VoterGa's analysis identified nearly 200 Fulton ballots that were initially double counted and some incorrect tally sheets. However, there so far isn't any indication that those ballots were included in the official results.
Don Samuel, an attorney who was hired by the Fulton election board to defend its handling of the presidential ballots, said unlike previous cases challenging early voting hours or the closing of polling places in minority communities, plaintiffs in this case are seeking a judge's ruling without evidence of implications for future elections.
“Petitioners are saying 'look in the rear view mirror and you'll see there's counterfeit ballots, double counting,' but nobody says it's undeniably true this will occur in 2022," Samuel said.
The lawsuit isn't seeking to overturn the general election results but is requesting the court prevent policies or procedures from continuing to allow for fraudulent and other invalid ballots in future elections, Favorito's attorneys said.
Amero also agreed Monday to a request by an attorney for the Fulton sheriff's office that if round-the-clock security is maintained at the warehouse housing the ballots, then the plaintiffs must pick up the tab.
Amero granted Fulton County's request to dismiss the bulk of the lawsuit in July. The lone remaining defendants in the lawsuit are also the most recent additions — the newest individual members of the election board.
Trump continues to demand that his presidential election loss be overturned in Georgia, citing Fulton's duplicate ballots and incomplete chain of custody forms in DeKalb County.
There is one investigation that is making headway, an independent state review of Fulton's election operations that was prompted by requests from GOP lawmakers under the state's new takeover provision for election boards.
The results of that investigation and whether the state appoints a temporary Fulton election supervisor could affect the upcoming 2022 high stakes statewide elections with a U.S. Senate seat, congressional contests and the governor's race at the top of the tickets.
Georgia Recorder is part of States Newsroom, a network of news bureaus supported by grants and a coalition of donors as a 501c(3) public charity. Georgia Recorder maintains editorial independence. Contact Editor John McCosh for questions: email@example.com. Follow Georgia Recorder on Facebook and Twitter.
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