A lawyer for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner threatened on Friday to take legal action against the Lincoln Project, a super PAC made up of anti-Trump conservatives, unless the group remove a pair of large billboards from Times Square in Manhattan.
One of the billboards shows a smiling Mrs. Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, gesturing to national and state counts of coronavirus deaths.
Another features a smiling photo of her husband, Mr. Kushner, alongside a quote saying New Yorkers “are going to suffer and this is their problem.” Below the quote is a series of body bags.
The quote is from a Vanity Fair article published in September on Mr Kushner’s role in the federal response to the coronavirus. The article claims Mr Kushner accused Governor Andrew Cuomo of not ‘hammering the phones hard enough’ for coronavirus protective gear for New York City, then added: ‘His people are going to suffer and this is their problem. “
“Of course, Mr. Kushner never made such a statement; Ms. Trump has never made such a move, and Project Lincoln’s claim that they did is an outrageous and shameful libel, ”the letter from Mr. Kasowitz read. “If these signs are not immediately removed, we will sue you for what will undoubtedly be huge compensatory and punitive damages.”
The Lincoln Project tweeted the letter Friday night, with a declaration who promised to leave the billboards in place.
“Jared and Ivanka have always been out of touch bullies who never gave the slightest indication that they have any respect for the American people,” the statement read in part. “We plan to show them the same level of respect.”
The Times Square billboards were erected this week on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway, as part of a series of advertisements the Lincoln Project ran across the country.