Donald Trump is no stranger to lawsuits. But the former commander-in-chief has been hit with a class-action lawsuit regarding his controversial handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The suit comes from an elderly New Jersey man who spent over 20 years in prison and knows firsthand what wrongdoing looks like.
The former inmate, 71-year-old Arnett Thomas, used all the reading and research he did during his time in jail to write a 29-page class-action lawsuit that includes more than 75 co-plaintiffs, NorthJersey.com reports. “The former president literally became the very domestic enemy to the Constitution he swore to defend,” Thomas said in the suit.
After being released from prison back in the year 2000, Thomas spent a few years working before suffering an injury that left him disabled and living in a government-sponsored housing complex in Orange, New Jersey. Thomas watched as a number of his friends passed away from COVID and his community suffered while the virus raged on and prolonged an international health pandemic that put millions out of work.
“The point of all of this is how Trump dealt with the pandemic,” Thomas said in an interview. “He drove people to dying.”
His lawsuit is seeking $1 trillion from Trump as restitution for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who lost their lives as a result of the airborne virus, NJ.com reports The lawsuit also calls out the depression many Americans suffered due to being confined to their homes and out of work.
“Trump allowed the disease to spread,” Thomas said. “What he did was politically motivated. If Trump would have handled this pandemic in a proper way, he would have been elected [again]. Trump got kicked out because of the way he handled it.”
The lawsuit goes on to blast Trump as “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people across the expanse of America, by deploying and unleashing a natural herd immunity experiment which would contribute to five million reported COVID-19 cases and five hundred thousand deaths.”
If the lawsuit leads to a court trial, the proceedings could take years. But it’s a fight Thomas thinks is well worth it. “Trump is a gamer,” he said. “Some people can see it and some people can’t.”