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Hudson Valley Man Sues Donald Trump For $1 Billion

Donald Trump
Donald Trump Photo Credit: Sam Barron

Citing "severe emotional distress" over the campaign that resulted in the election of Donald Trump as 45th president, a Hudson Valley man is suing the real estate magnate and former reality TV star for $1 billion, according to a filing Monday in federal court in Manhattan.

Louis Tafuto of Warwick in Orange County, who also cited a feeling of "powerlessness," is seeking a jury trial and is also suing Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus.

"Donald John Trump's words and actions have proven him wholly untruthful and therefore unqualified and incapable of taking an oath of office or honoring and international treaty as President of the United States," the filing said.

The 25-page complaint was filed on Monday, a day before Tuesday's election in which Trump, who owns an estate in Bedford, surpassed the necessary 270 electoral votes need to win despite losing the popular vote to Chappaqua resident Hillary Clinton.

Tafuto is also asking for an order of protection "against the defendants from making further false statements that incite violence, revolt, assassination, or insurrection."

"Donald John Trump's words and actions have proven he does not have the temperament, knowledge, or political belief to adhere to the principles of the US Constitution," the suit says.

The complaint also accuses Trump of violating the First Amendment's freedom of religion over statements he made about Muslims.

In addition to the Bedford estate, Seven Springs, Trump also owns Trump National Golf Club Hudson Valley in Stormville and Trump National Westchester in Briarcliff Manor. The Trump name also adorns Trump Tower At City Center in White Plains, Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, Trump Park Residences in Yorktown and the Donald J. Trump State Park on the Westchester/Putnam border.

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