This Facebook post by Bernie Sanders blew up during the debate for a hugely important reason
He may have been Hillary Clinton’s fiercest adversary during the presidential primaries, but Bernie Sanders made it clear during last night’s debate who he supports — and it’s not Donald Trump.
In a Facebook post that has received more than 312,000 reactions and been shared nearly 83,000 times, Sanders pointed to Trump’s legal record as evidence that the businessman is not fit to become president.
"I don't know if it's a world record but Donald Trump has been sued more than 3,500 times over the past 30 years. This isn't someone who should be president."
Bernie is (sort of) right. An analysis of legal filings published in June by USA Today found that Trump and his businesses have been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past 30 years — some filed by him, others filed against him.
“The sheer volume of lawsuits is unprecedented for a presidential nominee,” reporters Nick Penzenstadler and Susan Page wrote.
"No candidate of a major party has had anything approaching the number of Trump’s courtroom entanglements."
The subject of the suits varies widely: from accusations of fraudulent and misleading behavior by former students of Trump University to more than three dozen disputes over unpaid tax bills.
The USA Today analysis suggests that Trump’s many legal entanglements — and his willingness to use immense legal force in response to even the most seemingly minor infractions — provide a look into the way he would govern if elected president. For example, Trump has long touted his skills as a negotiator as one of his primary qualifications for the presidency. But as Penzenstadler and Page write,
"The analysis shows that lawsuits are one of his primary negotiating tools. He turns to litigation to distance himself from failing projects that relied on the Trump brand to secure investments."
Hmm… that doesn’t exactly sound presidential.
What do you think, readers? Is a candidate who’s been party to this many lawsuits — and is involved in dozens of ongoing suits — fit to govern? Let us know!