When Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, I stopped following the Lincoln Project. I wish all of those Never Trumper Republicans well on their journey to try to buy back their souls. But I had one of those come-to-Jesus crystalizing moments that, no matter what, all of those Lincoln Project dudes are totally fine with Amy Coney Barrett. They’re totally fine with Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell remaking the federal courts into an army of hyper-conservatism which will affect Americans for the next fifty years. Those Lincoln Project dudes agree with Trump about a lot of stuff. They just don’t like him personally.

Still, the Lincoln Project guys are good at making ads. I’ll give them that. I guess they’re also flush with money? They decided to buy a billboard in Times Square, in New York, featuring Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner and the realities of the coronavirus numbers in America. The numbers are awful: 224,000+ Americans dead from the virus. America is setting new records for daily infections, with 85,085 NEW CASES reported last Friday. People aren’t social distancing anymore (although people are still wearing masks, at least in Virginia). There are no plans from this administration. So that’s what the Lincoln Project billboard was about: taking Ivanka and Jared to task for their inability to do jacksh-t about any of it. Hilariously – ?? – Javanka has threatened to SUE! My God.

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are threatening to sue the Lincoln Project over billboards the anti-Trump group put up in Times Square assailing them over the White House’s coronavirus response.

In a letter to the group posted on Twitter on Friday night, an attorney for the president’s daughter and son-in-law demanded the “false, malicious and defamatory” billboards be taken down.

Marc Kasowitz warned that if the ads stay up, “we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.”

The Lincoln Project was defiant, saying in a scathing public statement that the billboards would stay up.

The billboards feature an edited photo of Ivanka Trump smiling and gesturing at coronavirus death tolls in New York and the U.S. — the original photo depicted her holding up a can of Goya beans — and a quote attributed anonymously to Kushner in a September Vanity Fair article.

[From Politico]

Javanka’s lawyers are calling it “libel,” because of the “quote” used for Jared. The VF article just has an unnamed source quoting Jared secondhand from a meeting about the coronavirus numbers several months ago. The full quote, from VF, had Kushner telling a group: “Cuomo didn’t pound the phones hard enough to get PPE for his state … His people are going to suffer and that’s their problem.” The full quote is equally damning, honestly? The fact that the Trump administration was withholding their stockpiles of PPE to states with critical Democratic governors is STILL appalling. And it’s STILL happening. Even in the past week, Trump has threatened to withhold testing funds and aid to states run by Democrats.

The Lincoln Project posted the threatening letter from Javanka’s lawyer. It IS sort of funny that less than two weeks before the election, Jared and Ivanka are threatening to sue a bunch of ex-Republicans over a billboard in a state which will go hard for Biden-Harris. I mean… none of this matters?

And the LP also posted their official response to Javanka:

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