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Donald Trump explains why he enjoys suing people who work in media so much


Donald Trump, America's favorite game show host, has a history of threatening to sue media figures over next to nothing. He's threatened to sue both Rosie O'Donnell and MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell. Sometimes he actually does it, as he did most recently in February with HBO liberal comedian Bill Maher, who joked in January that Trump is half orangutan.

The details of another one of Trump's lawsuits against former New York Times editor Timothy L. O'Brien are documented at great length in a new report by The Atlantic. Trump sued O'Brien for writing in 2005 that the real estate giant was worth somewhere between $150-$250 million and not the billions Trump often claims.

Why does he keep suing journalists and TV personalities? ...

“I think it’s very important to him, psychologically and emotionally, to be considered fabulously wealthy, because I think he sees it as part of a pecking order and a symbol of his arrival,” Dr. O’Brien told The Atlantic.

Trump gave his own reason: “I like people telling the truth,” he said. “When people don’t tell the truth, I go after them, and I don’t like that. For instance, there have been many bad things said about me over the years, and in some cases they’ve been true. It doesn’t bother me. If I have a fault and somebody exposes that fault or talks about that fault, you won’t hear me complain. If I make a mistake and somebody brings it up, you won’t hear me complain. But when people make things up, or when people do things knowingly wrong, I always bring it up, even if it’s not so bad.”

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