“I don’t really like a bully,” explains Roberta Kaplan, which led her to become a lawyer – and what now leads her to sue Donald Trump and figures from the American right, despite the fact that this has led to multiple threats against her.
The 54-year-old rose to fame after winning the 2013 Supreme Court in the Edie Windsor case, in which he declared a federal law unconstitutional that restricted marriage to a union between a man and a woman.
The ruling paved the way for same-sex marriage legalization in the United States in 2015.
With this fame and numerous professional awards, the Harvard and Columbia graduate, whose wife is a Democratic activist, has now at the forefront of several legal battles against Trump.
Kaplan, co-founder of Time’s Up, which provides legal aid to victims of sexual assault, has sued Trump on behalf of former Elle Magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll.
Carroll said she was raped by Trump in a New York department store in the mid-1990s.
Trump denied the allegation, saying “she is not my type” and calling Carroll a liar, which led to the defamation.
Two friends Carroll trusted at the time are expected to testify, and Kaplan is confident their client will win.
Kaplan, a trade litigation specialist, represents a group of plaintiffs who invested in a marketing firm called “ACN” that accused Trump and his children of fraudulent advertising.
Kaplan also represents Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, who accuses the former president and his brother and sister of withholding part of the family inheritance.
“In all of these cases, Trump acted honestly like a terrible tyrant,” Kaplan told AFP in an interview with Zoom.
She says it will take “a lot of patience and stubbornness” to defeat the former president, adding, “He is ready and willing to use literally every trick in the book to block, delay and play games.”
In addition to Trump, Kaplan is also citing the only civil lawsuit against the main neo-Nazis and white supremacists involved in the violence in Charlottesville in August 2017.
The process is scheduled to begin in October.
“I really wish I was wrong to see Charlottesville the way I did – as a very frightening and threatening warning of what was happening in this country and what was to come,” Kaplan said.
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The January 6 attack on the US Capitol showed that the right-wing forces deployed in Charlottesville have “continued to grow” and are now “the greatest threat to our country’s security,” she added.
They also pose a threat to their personal safety as a private company provides them with daily reports of threats being spread against them on social networks.
“I’m an open lesbian, I’m a New Yorker. I’m a woman. I’m the director of Time’s Up. There are a lot of things people out there want to criticize me for.
“But what really shocked me is the vast majority of the statements they make is the fact that I am Jewish. They put cartoons of me on the internet that are literally like Nazi cartoons about Jews from the 1930s Look years. “She said.
Other threats come from unlikely sources. As a former attorney for Amber Heard, ex-wife of actor Johnny Depp, Kaplan has felt the ire of the Pirates of the Caribbean fans.
However, the choice of Joe Biden makes her look to the future with optimism.
She says his government is aware of the threat from local right-wing extremists.
“They (FBI agents) have been very successful in infiltrating some of the jihadist terrorist groups after 9/11. It should be easier to infiltrate domestic American terrorist groups,” Kaplan said.