Officials with Twitter’s short-form video-sharing service Vine have filed for a cease and desist order against Donald Trump, contending the presidential contender regularly rips off their app’s main feature by relentlessly repeating the same words and phrase over and over again.
The motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court in New York claims “Trump blatantly mimics Vine’s protected business model of featuring brief, continuously looping snippets of content.”
Vine’s general manager Hanna Donovan told The Associated Press that Trump regularly emulates the service’s earmark of endlessly replaying videos no more than six seconds in length.
“Just watch Trump at one of his rallies, or in an interview,” Donovan explained. “Invariably, he will repeat the same thing over and over and over again. That’s our gimmick, and it’s protected by U.S. patent law.”
Donovan specifically cited Trump’s recent interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper in which the presumptive GOP nominee defended his steadfast assertion a federal judge should recuse himself from a case involving Trump University because he is of Mexican heritage.
“He kept telling Jake, ‘He’s Mexican. I’m building a wall. He’s Mexican. I’m building a wall.’ I swear, it was like a Vine loop come to life,” Donovan said.
A judge has yet to be assigned to consider Vine’s cease and desist motion, but that didn’t stop Trump from commenting on the matter.
“He better not be Mexican. I’m building a wall. He better not be Mexican. I’m building a wall. He better not be Mexican. I’m building a wall,” Trump stated.
Republished from The Red Shtick.