CUMBERLAND â Billionaire Donald Trump seems to be involved in almost everything these days â but the District 19 RI Senate race?
Yes, that too.
Democratic challenger Ryan Pearson sent out a mailing to voters in the district earlier this month, criticizing incumbent Republican Bethany Mouraâs absences and missed votes in the last two years. On one side, the cardboard flyer said âIf you missed work as much as Beth MouraâŠYouâd be fired!â Below that was a picture of Trump, pointing an accusatory-looking finger, along with his signature line âYouâre fired!â from his TV show âThe Apprentice.â
Michael Cohen, Trumpâs special counsel, said he spoke to his client, who believes the mailing is âan illegal useâ of his image and his trademark catchphrase. He said, probably unnecessarily, that Trump âdoes not know the gentleman,â meaning Pearson.
Cohen said the Trump Organization does not intend to bring legal action against Pearsonâs campaign, but he added âit should not go over well for his constituents or potential constituentsâ that he promoted his candidacy by using Trumpâs photo without permission.
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