Perhaps the most repugnant aspect of the war on Trump has been the media’s eagerness to drag the GOP presidential nominee’s wife into the battle. From the time that a Ted Cruz backing super PAC slut-shamed her to win over female voters in Utah, the former model has been deemed a legitimate target. There was the ridiculous plagiarism scandal over her convention speech, innuendo about her citizenship and publication of nude pictures in one of New York’s tabloids. Now one publication has gone a bridge too far with a story that she was a prostitute and Mrs. Trump has had enough.
Politico is reporting “Melania Trump taking legal action against Daily Mail for defamation”:
Melania Trump has started legal action against the Daily Mail and other outlets for what she claims is a defamatory article about her past.
Charles Harder, an attorney for Trump, said in an email that the legal action goes beyond just the Daily Mail and is not limited to the United Kingdom, where the Daily Mail is headquartered.
“Mrs. Trump has placed several news organizations on notice of her legal claims against them, including Daily Mail among others, for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an “escort” in the 1990s,” Harder said in an email. “All such statements are 100% false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful. She understands that news media have certain leeway in a presidential campaign, but outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency.”
Harder was in the news recently for representing Hulk Hogan in his successful bid to sue Gawker, bankrolled by Silicon Valley investor and Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel, who spoke at the Republican National Convention in July.
Never before in American history has a major presidential candidate been subjected to that which Trump has. The entire media has engaged in a series of rolling smear attacks going after the nominee’s business dealings, accusing him of racism, comparing him to Hitler and in one of the most insane attacks ever – accusing him of being a puppet of the Kremlin. By listening and reading it is almost as though the media is whipping up enough anger to encourage violence but the liberals would never do such a thing, would they?
But what really has represented a new low is the inclusion of Melania Trump in the attacks on Trump. Normally family is off limits, unless it happens to be Bill Clinton who is a longtime public figure and a former U.S. President who thanks to his high-profile is fair game.
So good for Mrs. Trump for taking action against the sleaze-peddlers who aren’t journalists at all but rather operatives serving the opposition of the Trump campaign.