Saying that Donald J. Trump was threatening “the core of the democratic way of life” and causing him “severe emotional distress,” Louis Tafuto of Warwick filed a 25-page lawsuit in New York’s Southern District Court on Monday seeking $1 billion in damages. Named in the suit are Donald J. Trump, Mike Pence, Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee.
Reports in The Daily Mail and Times Herald-Record included quotes from the 25-page suit, which accuses the defendants of targeting “under-educated voters” and convincing them their lives were “falsely under threat.”
The suits states that Trump’s “words and actions have proven him wholly untruthful and therefore unqualified and incapable of taking an oath of office or honoring an international treaty as President of the United States” and that he does not have “the temperament, knowledge, or political belief to adhere to the principles of the U.S. Constitution.”
It cites statements by Trump that he wouldn’t accept the outcome if he lost, a study that concluded he lied over 70 percent of the time, and accuses him of using false statements to “coerce” the under-educated into voting for him and committing voter intimidation on his behalf.
The suit seeks, “punitive and compensatory damages in the amount of $1,000,000,000 for severe emotional pain, and suffering and for the deliberate and willful, obstruction of Plaintiff’s constitutional rights.”
Tafuto is seeking a jury trial.