Cook County man sues Trump campaign over text messages


The text message offered a way to help “Make America Great Again!”

But a Cook County man contends it, and others like it, threaten to send his cell phone bill soaring instead. So now Joshua Thorne is pursuing a federal class-action lawsuit in Chicago against Donald J. Trump for President Inc., the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Thorne filed his lawsuit Monday complaining about a text message he received from Trump’s campaign March 4 — in the days leading up to Illinois’ primary election. The text message read: “Reply YES to subscribe to Donald J. Trump for President. Your subscription will help Make America Great Again! Msg & data rates may apply.”

The text came from a number leased by Trump for President, Thorne alleges in his complaint. Thorne said he never gave his number to the Trump campaign, nor did he give the campaign permission to send text messages to his phone. The text violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Thorne alleges.

A Trump campaign representative could not immediately be reached for comment.