It never ends with Donald Trump.
"The Celebrity Apprentice" star has threatened a lawsuit of "not less than" $25 million against the leader of the Macy's Dump Trump protest.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Angelo Carusone, organizer of the online campaign to push retailers to cut ties with Trump, revealed that attorney Alan Garten had sent him a cease and desist letter to curb the protest. "Rather than simply engage in lawful protest, you have apparently made it your mission to interfere with and intentionally disrupt Mr. Trump’s long-standing and well-established business relationship with Macy’s as well as his contractual dealings with other third parties through mob-like bullying and coercion," the letter from Garten read.
The protest campaign alleges that Trump, who has a brand of clothing and fragrances carried in Macy's stores, made sexist and "racially charged" comments which make him an ill-suited spokesperson for the retail chain. The protest actions don't seem to be anything exorbitant -- commissioning billboards to circle Macy's corporate headquarters last year, and starting a petition on SignOn.org.
In response to the letter, Carusone told THR, "I would hope that Macy’s would recognize now that the things we’ve been saying about Donald Trump are in fact accurate, and they are cause for concern. That Trump does engage in bullying and intimidation. That his brand is inconsistent with the Macy’s brand."
Carusone's own attorney, Paul Alan, pointed to grassroots protests like Dump Trump as effective and fully protected under the First Amendment. "From the boycott of Missouri for blocking the Equal Rights Amendment to refusing to eat at Chick-fil-A for opposing gay rights, the ability to stimulate a mass ‘vote with your wallet’ campaign has been a key weapon for activists that has long been recognized under the First Amendment," Alan says.
I wonder if Trump realizes the irony of filing such a ridiculously excessive lawsuit while accusing a small protest group of bullying.