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fixed. They knew these truths just as they knew the Earth is round
and two plus two equals four.
3. Defendants did not want Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to win the
election. They wanted President Donald Trump and Vice President
Michael Pence to win re-election. Defendants were disappointed.
But they also saw an opportunity to capitalize on President
Trump’s popularity by inventing a story. Defendants decided to tell
people that the election was stolen from President Trump and Vice
The 300-page defamation claim seeks damages of $2.7 billion. Can anyone
say contingency fee?
“A Message To You Rudy!”
Rudy Giuliani also received this missive (complete with detailed footnotes
to establish each fact) from Matthew Sanderson, counsel for The Lincoln
Project, an anti-Trumpism Super PAC:
You were once a respected and respectable figure.
Your unfortunate, self-inflicted decline has been a public spectacle. You
want to “lock her up.” You panhandled foreign interests. You defended
porn-star payoffs in eye-popping media appearances. You revealed sleazy
schemes in butt-dialed voicemails. You gave a mattress-top interview to
someone you thought was a journalist “looking for more,” but turned out
only to be a comedian who showed you to be an easy mark. You represented
the President of the United States in a parking lot press conference
held right outside Four Seasons Total Landscaping, Fantasy Island
Adult Bookstore, and Philadelphia Crematorium. You oozed hair dye
while you spewed lies about the 2020 election. You assembled and led an
“Elite Strike Force” legal team that somehow couldn’t manage to spell or
win in court.
More important than any of that, though, you betrayed your country
when you rose to speak on January 6, 2021 before a raucous crowd that
your client, ex-President Donald Trump, had invited to gather a short distance
from the U.S. Capitol. You promoted bogus conspiracy theories. You
said the presidency had been “stolen.” You advocated an extra-constitutional
effort to overturn the obvious result of a free and fair election. You
denigrated the established legal process for counting certified votes that
would begin just moments later in a joint session of Congress. You
directed people to “fight to the very end” to make sure that same process
“doesn’t happen.” You shouted “Let’s have trial by combat!”
You told your zealots what to do. They listened. They vandalized. They
terrorized. They injured. They killed.
You are responsible for an armed occupation of the U.S. Capitol and an
insurrection against the United States. You are responsible for our