Will Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits hurt his presidential viability?

2 June 2016   
Will Trump’s 3,500 lawsuits hurt his presidential viability?

Donald Trump’s promise to restore American hegemony by way of fierce negotiation and brute strength and power has invigorated voters across the country and has been a key factor in his ability to secure the Republican nomination. The real estate mogul has touted his business success as evidence that he will lead the country to economic and military prosperity. What many are only now realizing, however, is that Trump’s businesses have not been quite as successful as he has led many to believe, one of them (Trump University) was a massive fraud that ruined the lives of innocent Americans, and his practices have entangled in more lawsuits than any presidential candidate in history.

According to an analysis by USA Today, “the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and his businesses have been involved in at least 3,500 legal actions in federal and state courts during the past three decades.” For reference, not a single candidate in U.S. history has even come close to that level of litigation. What’s more is that since he announced he was running for president last year, he has had more than 70 new cases, some filed by his organization, others against it. Most recently, “court documents were released in one of the most dramatic current cases, filed in California by former students accusing Trump University of fraudulent and misleading behavior.”

Thus, when Trump says he is a skilled negotiator, he really means that he will use the legal system to settle even the most minute disputes. Additionally, Trump often brags that he never settles, because that would be a sign of weakness. However, this report finds that “he and his businesses have settled with plaintiffs in at least 100 cases reviewed by USA Today.” So, it turns out that Trump does settle – and he does so frequently.

This could prove to be significant, if critics can show that Trump’s self-proclaimed strength is nothing more than mere boasting, not backed by the facts whatsoever. Additionally, if the litigations grow too costly and bankrupt him, or the Trump U case exposes Trump as a complete fraud, he could have even larger problems on his hand.

Do you think this level of litigation will be problematic for Trump?