The Lincoln Project sure does know how to take up residence in Trump family heads. That’s why Trump family attorney Mark Kasowitz is threatening to sue the anti-Trump group over a pair of billboards it has put up in New York’s Times Square.
The side-by-side giant ads show the two smiling down on passersby from several stories above the “Crossroads of the World” and mock them for the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ivanka is shown smiling and gesturing toward figures indicating that 33,366 New Yorkers and 221,247 Americans have died from COVID-19. Next to her is a smug-looking, arms-crossed Kushner with the text “[New Yorkers] are going to suffer and that’s their problem.” Beneath the text is a line of body bags.
Kasowitz’s letter asserts “Of course, Mr. Kushner never made any such statement, [and] Ms. Trump never made any such gesture.” He called the billboards “outrageous and shameful libel” and threatened “If these billboards are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.”
Of course Ivanka did, in fact, make the gesture in the Goya beans promotional picture she tweeted, although the Lincoln Project did remove the can.
If it’s Goya, it has to be good.
Si es Goya, tiene que ser bueno. pic.twitter.com/9tjVrfmo9z
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) July 15, 2020
The comment attributed to Kushner is contained in a Sept. 17 article in Vanity Fair.
In response to Kasowitz’s threats, the Lincoln Project issued a statement calling the couple’s “level of indignant outrage” over the billboards “comical.” “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,” the statement said.
“We consider it important that in Times Square, the crossroads of the world, people are continuously reminded of the cruelty, audacity and staggering lack of empathy the Trumps and the Kushners have displayed towards the American people. The billboards will stay up.”
Some on Twitter are concerned that reduced foot traffic in New York due to the coronavirus will reduce the billboards’ visibility and are helpfully retweeting the image.
These @ProjectLincoln billboards are up in Times Square.#Jarvanka don’t want you to see them.
They are threatening to sue.
It’d be such a shame if people decide to retweet it… pic.twitter.com/AwQJYS44DQ
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) October 24, 2020