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Donald Trump’s Campaign Slaps TV Stations With Cease And Desist Letter To Try To Halt Ad Attacking His Coronavirus Response


Jul 13, 2005
You cab`t make this stuff up......can you?? Possibly Trump has hired people to make this stuff up...

Donald Trump’s reelection campaign has fired off a cease and desist letter to TV stations, warning them to stop airing an ad from a pro-Joe Biden Super PAC that is a scathing attack on the president’s response to the coronavirus crisis.

The spot features a graph mapping coronavirus cases in the U.S. over the past two months, with audio of comments Trump has made downplaying the threat of the virus.

In their letter to stations, the Trump campaign says that the Super PAC, Priorities USA Action, “stitched together fragments from multiple speeches by President Trump to fraudulently and maliciously imply that President Trump called the coronavirus outbreak a ‘hoax.’ They contend that Trump was in fact “talking about the Democrat’s politicization of the outbreak when he used the word ‘hoax.'” FactCheck.org noted that Trump told reporters the next day that he was not calling the virus a hoax, but the Democrats’ response to it.

At a Feb. 28 rally, Trump said, “They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over, they’ve been doing it since he got in. It’s all turning, they lost. It’s all turning, think of it, think of it. And this is their new hoax.”

The campaign threatens to take legal action, but it’s just as likely an attempt to try to call attention to the Trump’s effort to refute the spot.

The Priorities USA Action ad does not explicitly say that Trump called the virus a “hoax.” It runs audio of Trump saying “This is their new hoax,” without identifying who he was talking about, as the number of coronavirus cases rises on the graph.

Josh Schwerin, senior strategist for Priorities USA, wrote on Twitter, “The Trump campaign is trying to bully TV stations into taking our ad down. They are not going to be successful because it is literally Trump in his own words. Let’s make sure as many people as possible see this ad.”


No Lifer
Jul 15, 2003
Republican hypocrisy is a special type of hypocrisy. The guy tells constant lies from the day he decided to run and now he's bringing lawsuits left and right.


Mar 17, 2008
Let me guess. Every single segment in that ad is true.
Team Trumps journey from alternative facts to full onset war on the truth. Cause the truth dont matter.


Diamond Member
Aug 16, 2012
These are his own words. The order will go nowhere.

Speaking of... er.. campaign adds..did anyone get PRESIDENT TRUMP'S CORONAVIRUS GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA postcard in the mail yet

It has a G-10 permit, meaning it was paid for by the federal government.

Of course it's "President Trumps" guidelines in BIG BOLD LETTERS. Because he cannot resist putting his name on anything he can. It should come from the CDC, possibly from the surgeon general. With that said - I wonder if having Trump's name on it might help his most ardent cult followers actually take it seriously. He was previously saying it was all a hoax, and they believed that, so they need him to say otherwise.

It should be clear by now that the Trump administration’s response has contradicted or violated almost every one of these rules -- not merely day-to-day, but sometimes within the same briefing, as when Trump’s scientific advisors from the CDC or the FDA have to step to the microphone to contradict some ignorant claim Trump has made.

The advice on the postcard actually is basic good sense. Trump should fucking read it!


Diamond Member
Oct 10, 1999
Obviously everyone receiving the letter knows there is no legal merit. But will it make them hesitate for other reasons? Maybe.


Diamond Member
Oct 18, 2009
Obviously everyone receiving the letter knows there is no legal merit. But will it make them hesitate for other reasons? Maybe.

Nope. Won't do a thing to stop those ads since they're based completely on what Trump has said. The best defense against such SLAPP suits is the truth. Just repackaging the diarrhea that Trump's spewed in relation to the virus is no basis for a lawsuit. Won't be surprised if/when it's thrown out of court before it even starts.


Elite Member
Mar 10, 2006
Obviously everyone receiving the letter knows there is no legal merit. But will it make them hesitate for other reasons? Maybe.
I don't know, this seems pretty foolish on Trump's part. The Streisand Effect is real and complaining about the ad is likely to make far more people watch it than if they had just ignored it.


Senior member
Dec 12, 2019
Joe Biden is to be held responsible for a job his son had 4 years ago. Yet, Donald Trump is expecting to be completely absolved of his actual words, not uttered even a month ago.

This is normal now.
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