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Judge rules that Trump's "vague and simplistic" tweets are protected by First Amendment

A political strategist said her reputation was trashed when Trump called her a "dummy" on Twitter


AP Staff
January 11, 2017 1:32AM (UTC)

A New York judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against Donald Trump by a political strategist who said her reputation was trashed when he called her a "dummy" on Twitter.

Judge Barbara Jaffe said Trump's tweets about Cheryl Jacobus were constitutionally protected expressions of opinion.

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Trump targeted Jacobus after she went on CNN last February and accused him of misleading voters about how he was financing his presidential campaign.

In a tweet, Trump wrote that Jacobus had "begged us for a job" and called her "a real dummy." In a later tweet, he called her a "major loser."

The judge wrote in her ruling posted Tuesday that while Trump's tweets are "rife with vague and simplistic insults," they are protected by the First Amendment.

A lawyer for Jacobus vowed to appeal.


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