Donald Trump’s lawyers target kitten website made by San Francisco teen
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President Donald Trump has had a lot on his plate in recent weeks — defending his administration from news of a criminal investigation by the FBI for alleged Russia collusion, rallying support for the Republicans’ controversial health care bill.
Somehow amid all that, the President, or his lawyers acting on their own, decided to go after a teenage girl from San Francisco, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Apparently, America’s commander in chief took issue with the girl’s website, called Kittenfeed.com. Originally called Trumpscratch.com, the site allows users to punch an animated image of Trump’s face with tiny kitten paws. It comes with the tagline: “Trump seems very tough at first but he gets weaker with every scratch.”
The girl, identified as “Lucy,” told the Observer that she developed the site for fun while applying for web developer jobs. Little did she know that her site, which only drew 1700 visitors after its launch in February, had attracted the notice of the most important political leader on earth.
On March 1, she said she received a cease and desist letter from The Trump Organization. The letter claims her site infringed on the “internationally known and famous” Trump trademark.
After Lucy changed the domain name, she received another letter from the Trump Organization because her site linked to an anti-Trump shirt that is available for purchase on Amazon. Lucy told the Hollywood Reporter that she removed the link, and hasn’t heard anything from the campaign since.
Lucy is not alone in thinking that the president should have better things to with his time than to ask his lawyers to go after a teenager for creating a silly website.
“I really just want people to be aware that this is a president who’s clearly more concerned about what people think of him than doing things of substance,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
However, she said she’s not surprised he might be so easily provoked by her site, given that he wages Twitter feuds with former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger over ratings for his former reality TV show “Celebrity Apprentice.”
“Literally all my site is, is punching him with kitten paws,” she said. “A president should not have the time or care to hire people to shut sites like mine down. He should be running the country, not tweeting about TV ratings or anything else like that.”
Not surprisingly, the moves by Trump’s lawyers have had the opposite effect of their intention. After the Observer originally published its report on Tuesday, the site’s visitors surged from 3,000 to 50,000. The site was down on Wednesday, possibly from so many users trying to access it.
The lesson here is that Trump may talk a tough game as president, but he and his high-priced attorneys are no match for animated kittens.