Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump, filed a lawsuit for against UK publication The Daily Mail for allegedly printing lies about her.
Trump’s lawsuit is for $150 million in damages against Melania, and has been filed in the state of Maryland. Trump’s lawyer, Charles Harder, said, “These defendants made several statements about Mrs Trump that are 100 percent false and tremendously damaging to her personal and professional reputation. They broadcast their lies to millions of people throughout the US and the world without any justification. Their many lies include, among others, that Mrs Trump supposedly was an ‘escort’ in the 1990s before she met her husband. The defendants’ actions are so egregious, malicious and harmful to Mrs Trump that her damages are estimated at $150m.”
Attacking members of the press has become part of Trump’s campaign. He is using his fortune to hinder the freedom of thought and expression in the media. The Daily Mail claims they committed no wrong, nor are they liable for any damages to Melania Trump, “We did not intend to state or suggest that these allegations are true, nor did we intend to state or suggest that Mrs Trump ever worked as an ‘escort’ or in the ‘sex business’.”
Another defendant in the lawsuit is a little known blogger named Webster Tarpley, who resides in Maryland. An appellate lawyer Steve Klepper, who works for Kramon & Graham based in Baltimore said of Trump’s lawsuit, “Anytime you have a filing that adds a minor in-state defendant, it’s a flag that they were joined to prevent removal to federal court. And as we know, Donald Trump has not been having been the best luck in federal court recently.”
Due to Trump’s legal maneuvering he has exposed himself for using loopholes in the law to achieve his ends, knowing that the result he seeks will likely not be rendered. This matters not to Trump, as his intention is to use this lawsuit as an example written in blood for other journalists so that he may scare them into submission in the future.