Veteran Republican campaign strategist Cheri Jacobus has filed litigation against GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and campaign manager Corey Lewandowski seeking $4 million in damages for allegedly defaming her.
Jacobus is seeking both damages and punitive fees in her lawsuit.
Jacobus’ action alleges both Trump and Lewandowski issued public comments in early 2016 which rendered her as a disgruntled job seeker after Jacobus appeared in a string of television interviews where she criticized the New York businessman’s adeptness during GOP debates.
Jacobus characterized Mr. Trump in late January as a “third grader faking his way through an oral report on current affairs” after one GOP debate during one appearance with CNN’s Don Lemon.
Trump campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, later told Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Jacobus’ became bitter after her repeated appeals for a position with the Trump campaign were rejected.
In early February, in a second appearance with Lemon, Jacobus censured the Trump campaign after the New York real-estate developer bemoaned a lack of honesty in the media for his alleged self-funded campaign.
Jacobus stated Trump did have a super PAC, had attended several fundraisers prior to the operation being shut down and alleged Trump approached three blockbuster GOP donors, hotelier Sheldon Adelson, hedge fund manager Paul Singer and energy tycoons David and Charles Koch, and was refused financial support.
Responding to Jacobus’ comments, Trump tweeted she was a “dummy.”
Jacobus then contacted an attorney who issued a “cease-and-desist” order, to which Trump assailed on Twitter: “Really dumb @CheriJacobus. Begged my people for a job. Turned her down twice and she went hostile. Major loser, zero credibility.”
Jacobus has deflected the Trump campaign’s criticism and has said it was in fact the Trump campaign which courted her as a strategist but she declined due to campaign manager Corey Lewandowski’s “boorish” behavior.
Jacobus’ legal action contends she was “painted as embittered” and the source of bad blood between the two originated from Jacobus’ leaking information to a Washington Post reporter on specifics of the Make America Great Again super PAC.
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