U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes used to be best known for the press conference he delivered from the White House lawn during which he breathlessly – and falsely – announced a “source” had tipped him that Trump and his associates were essentially being surveilled by U.S. intelligence, which was false. It was political theater and not very good at that. That “source” turned out to be Trump administration officials and Nunes was forced to recuse himself from his own committee’s – he was its chairman at the time – Russia investigation.
Now Nunes is on another tear. Through his (apparently not great) attorneys he as been on a mission to sue his detractors, something politicians rarely do because this is America and we have something called the First Amendment.
After suing a Republican strategist, Twitter, and two anonymous Twitter accounts named Devin Nunes’ Mom and Devin Nunes’ cow for defamation, Congressman Nunes is now suing his hometown newspaper.
Long story short, Nunes apparently is furious that his hometown newspaper ran an article titled, “A yacht, cocaine, prostitutes: Winery partly owned by Nunes sued after fundraiser event” in May of 2018.
Here’s how The New York Times describes it:
Less than a month after suing Twitter for allowing its users to insult him, Representative Devin Nunes, a Republican from California, said he was suing the McClatchy Company, a newspaper chain, over what he called “character assassination.”
The defamation lawsuit seeks $150 million and the deletion of an article in The Fresno Bee, a McClatchy newspaper, about Alpha Omega Winery, a company that Mr. Nunes partially owns. The article, published last May, described a lawsuit by a server who was aboard a San Francisco Bay cruise in 2015 attended by some of the winery’s top investors, which she said included drugs and prostitution.
The article said it was “unclear” whether Mr. Nunes “was aware of the lawsuit or was affiliated with the fund-raiser” at which the cruise was auctioned.
Nunes says, “If you’re out there and you lied and you defamed, we’re going to come after you.”
The Times notes “the standard for a public figure to prove defamation against a news outlet is high.”
On social media, that Fresno Bee article is getting a lot of attention, and thanks to Nunes’ lawsuit, has spawned the hashtag, #YachtCocaineProstitutes, which is the number one trending topic on Twitter.
Rep. Nunes is again being mercilessly mocked as a result. Take a look:
He does not like it.
Thank you. #YachtCocaineProstitutes
— andy lassner (@andylassner) April 9, 2019
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) April 9, 2019
I was going to use #YachtCocaineProstitutes but I saw you warning about #YachtCocaineProstitutes
So I am going to refrain from using #YachtCocaineProstitutes and I hope others do not use #YachtCocaineProstitutes !
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) April 9, 2019
#YachtCocaineProstitutes was also the title of Trump’s 2017 speech to the Boy Scouts of America.
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) April 9, 2019
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) April 9, 2019
— .o. (@mohawksenator) April 9, 2019
— Proud Distributor of Snark. Please Absent Yourself (@thedivuh) April 9, 2019
— Tara (@BronxT82) April 9, 2019