In the waning weeks of the 2020 presidential elections, The Lincoln Project, a group of former Republican strategists, placed billboards in Times Square featuring the president’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. Ivanka is shown gesturing like a game show hostess to the count of coronavirus deaths in New York and across the country, while Kushner is shown next to a quote from him saying “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem.” Lawyers for Trump and Kushner have threatened to sue The Lincoln Project over the billboards.
In response, The Lincoln Project replicated the billboards on boats and trucks, moving them outside the already blue Democratic stronghold of New York City. Mark Kasowitz, the attorney who sent a letter to The Lincoln Project, said that “if these billboards are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.” It doesn’t appear as if the group is all that concerned about the threats.
The Lincoln Project first issued a statement after being threatened by Kasowitz, saying:
‘While we truly enjoy living rent-free in their heads, their empty threats will not be taken any more seriously than we take Ivanka and Jared. Jared and Ivanka have always been entitled, out-of-touch bullies who have never given the slightest indication they have any regard for the American people. We plan on showing them the same level of respect.’
Making good on that promise, the billboards are now being shared far and wide. It’s inevitable that Trump and Kushner will continue to press back, but the damage is long since done, and that damage isn’t entirely the result of the efforts by The Lincoln Project. They’ve done it to themselves.
Twitter was delighted by The Lincoln Project’s latest efforts. Read some of their comments below: