The Lincoln Project defended its move, asserting that the ads are "entirely accurate," reminding that "Americans have the right to discuss and criticize their public officials freely," citing a SCOTUS case for further emphasis. The announcement notes that this isn't the first time public officials have tried "to evade accountability and muzzle dissent" by threatening their critics with lawsuits. On Saturday, The Lincoln Project tweeted a screenshot of the letter that Marc Kasowitz, the lawyer representing senior White House officials sent to them, calling the ads "false, malicious and defamatory." "If these billboard ads are not immediately removed," he noted, "we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages."
The Lincoln Project’s legal response to the frivolous threat of a lawsuit from Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump’s lawyer. This will not be the last they hear from us. pic.twitter.com/GNnFsnsCer— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 24, 2020
Kushner's quote is pulled from a Vanity Fair article published back in September. The context of the quote is Kushner complaining that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo didn't "plead hard enough with the White House to get coronavirus protective gear for his state," according to HuffPost. Kasowitz's letter insists that, "Of course, Mr. Kushner never made such a statement, Ms. Trump never made any such gesture, and the Lincoln Project's representation that they did are an outrageous and shameful libel." The Lincoln Project signed its letter with a promise to fight this further, and that they plan to avail themselves "of these constitutional protections to duly criticize Mr. Kushner and Ms. Trump until they cease to be public officials, at approximately Noon Eastern Standard Time, on January 20, 2021."
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