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Mark Steyn To D.C. Court For Defamation Hearing (You Won’t Want To Miss This)

The journalist actually prefers dueling to the sludge of court. “I’m tired of this phony pseudo legal action’ he says. “I’m in favor of reintroducing dueling, like Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. I think this system is ridiculous. He’s a political figure. He appeared in the campaign ads for Terry McAuliffe for his race for the governor of of Virginia.”

And with that, he compared Mann’s climate stance to Islam.

On a more serious note, should Mann win the case, Steyn says the toll would be significant. “Were he to win,” he says matter-of-factly, “Americans would be left with fewer speech rights than you have in England, Australia and Canada.”

The journalist is ready to fight, but he’s aware that high legal fees could one day break his bank.

“Let me put it this way,” he says. “At a certain point, if it goes on for several more years, if it comes to my children being able to enjoy the $60,000 cost of being able to enjoy transgender studies at a prestigious college or sleeping with me under a bridge, I will reconsider.”

In the meantime, he’s found  his own unique way of funding his case. “I’ve been flogging my book harder than I would do, and we’ve been selling T-shirts,” he says, explaining how he can afford to proceed without settling. “The process is the punishment. The whole point is to make you empty out your 401K, the shoebox upstairs and your granny’s jewelry.”

He’s selling mugs, CD’s and the aforementioned books and T-shirts to fund this extremely pricy endeavor. Buy them in The Steyn Store here.

But more than anything, Steyn wants Mann to answer questions on the stand. He pokes fun at him for having a Twitter interview called “Ask Dr. Mann Anything,” and yet he blocks people and won’t debate anyone who, much like Steyn, disagrees with him.

“I’m not interested in being in the choked toilet of the D.C. Superior Court for the next decade,” he said. “I find it strange that for a 200-word blog post you’re tied up in court for 5 years.”

But there’s no denying that a victory would be sweet.

“I’m interested in winning and making sure Michael Mann mans up and realizes if you don’t like what people say about you, that you win in the court of public opinion, which is what real men do,” he said.