The decision was handed down Monday by the American Arbitration Association in New York, stating that the NDA was unenforceable under New York state law and that Manigault Newman was to be reimbursed for her legal fees.
“Donald has used this type of vexatious litigation to intimidate, harass and bully for years,” Manigault Newman said in a statement. “Finally the bully has met his match!”
Now, although we’re happy for Manigault Newman’s win against Trump, any win against Trump is a win worth applauding. But we must not forget that despite her book alleging the president was an out-of-control racist and misogynist, in 2017, she sang a very different tune. She defended him in the months following the infamous and deadly “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, telling ABC News: “Yes, I will acknowledge many of the exchanges, particularly in the last six months, have been racially charged,” she said. “Do we then just stop and label him as a racist? No.”
When it comes to Trump’s NDAs, he doesn’t seem to understand they can’t be weaponized to keep people from having an unfavorable opinion about him.
As Denson’s attorney, David Bowles, says: “You can’t stop people from criticizing political candidates. It is the heart of the Constitution and free speech.”