'The New York Times' Response To Donald Trump's Lawyers Is The Best Thing Ever
"We published newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern."
October 13, 2016
Donald Trump's lawyers demanded a retraction and apology from The New York Times after they published the claims of two women who were allegedly sexually assaulted by Donald Trump.
Here is how they responded:
Dear Mr. Kasowitz:
I write in response to your letter of October 12, 2016 to Dean Baquet concerning your
client Donald Trump, the Republican Party nominee for President of the United States.
You write concerning our article ?Two Women Say Donald Trump Touched Them
Inappropriately? and label the article as ?libel per se.? You ask that we ?remove it from
[our] website, and issue a full and immediate retraction and apology.? We decline to do
The essence of a libel claim, of course, is the protection of one?s reputation. Mr. Trump
has bragged about his non?consensual sexual touching of women. He has bragged about
intruding on beauty pageant contestants in their dressing rooms. He acquiesced to a radio
host?s request to discuss Mr. Trump?s own daughter as a ?piece of ass.? Multiple women
not mentioned in our article have publicly come forward to report on Mr. Trump?s
unwanted advances. Nothing in our article has had the slightest effect on the reputation
that Mr. Trump, through his own words and actions, has already created for himself.
But there is a larger and much more important point here. The women quoted in our
story spoke out on an issue of national importance indeed, an issue that Mr. Trump
himself discussed with the whole nation watching during Sunday night?s presidential
debate. Our reporters diligently worked to confirm the women?s accounts. They
provided readers with Mr. Trump?s response, including his forceful denial of the
women?s reports. It would have been a disservice not just to our readers but to
democracy itself to silence their voices. We did what the law allows: We published
newsworthy information about a subject of deep public concern. If Mr. Trump disagrees,
if he believes that American citizens had no right to hear what these women had to say
and that the law of this country forces us and those who would dare to criticize him to
stand silent or be punished, we welcome the opportunity to have a court set him straight.
David E. McCraw
Watch a video interview of Jessica Leeds, one of the women who came forward, below: