A judge ruled against a woman who tried to sue Donald Trump for defamation after he called her 'a real dummy' on Twitter.
Manhattan state Supreme Court Judge Barbara Jaffe ruled that though Trump's tweets about public relations strategist and Republican consultant Cheryl Jacobus were 'rife with vague and simplistic insults,' they were expressions of opinion protected by the First Amendment.
Jacobus filed a $4million lawsuit, saying Trump's online attacks had cost her TV appearances and inspired bullying Twitter behavior from Trump supporters.
Cheryl Jacobus was attacked by Donald Trump on Twitter who claimed she begged for a job and was 'major loser'
Jacobus highlighted these tweets in the lawsuit saying Trump disregarded the truth when publishing these statements on social media
'Thus, although the intemperate tweets are clearly intended to belittle and demean plaintiff,' they wouldn't prevent her from working as a consultant and political commentator, Jaffe wrote in a 20-page decision signed Monday.
Jacobus' lawyer, Jay Butterman, vowed to appeal the decision, adding that the ruling had effectively given 'now President-elect Donald Trump a free pass to trample on the free speech rights of any critic.'
Larry Rosen, Trump's attorney, called Jaffe's decision 'well-reasoned.' A transition spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
A judge rejected the defamation lawsuit that claimed Donald Trump's tweets cost Cheryl Jacobus $4million in damages because of defamation
Cheryl Jacobus proved Donald Trump's team asked her for two meetings. Trump claimed she was speaking out against him because the campaign did not hire her
The case has its roots in a February appearance Jacobus made on CNN, in which she said the Republican candidate's presidential campaign had not been transparent about its financing.
Jacobus had previously had two meetings with then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski in the summer of 2015 about a possible job with the campaign.
And though no job offer was ever made, both Trump and Lewandowski publicly attributed Jacobus' criticisms to her lack of employment with the campaign.
Judge Barbara Jaffe said Trump and Jacobus were involved in a 'petty quarrel'
Trump tweeted that Jacobus had 'begged us for a job. We said no and she went hostile,' calling her 'a real dummy.' Days later he tweeted that she was a 'major loser, zero credibility!'
In her decision, Jaffe ruled that whether Jacobus 'begged' Trump for a job, as he had tweeted, was subjective, rather than an objective fact.
Because it followed her own public criticisms of Trump, Jaffe ruled, the context of the exchange 'signals to readers that plaintiff and Trump were engaged in a petty quarrel.'