The winning doesn’t stop at Donald Trump becoming president and following through with this campaign promises at a record pace, but it looks like Melania Trump is joining in on victories as well.
Melania Trump has been involved in a lawsuit with Webster Tarpley, a blogger who last year posted an article claiming that she was a “high-end escort” rather than a model and was in the midst of a nervous breakdown. The article was an obvious hit piece, yet London based news website The Daily Mail published a similar article afterwards, which prompted Trump’s lawyers to take up a libel lawsuit against both them and the blogger.
The first hurdle of that lawsuit has proven a victory for First Lady Melania Trump, and the judge denied the blogger’s lawyer’s request to dismiss the case.
First lady Melania Trump prevailed Friday in the first round of a $150 million libel suit she filed against a Maryland blogger over a report he published last summer about claims that Trump worked as a “high-end escort.”
Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Sharon Burrell rejected arguments from lawyers for blogger Webster Tarpley to dismiss Trump’s suit for failing to meet the “actual malice” standard for public figures. The judge also turned down Tarpley’s effort to dismiss the suit under a Maryland law aimed at quickly shutting down bad-faith lawsuits intended to intimidate people speaking out on issues of public concern.
Looks like Webster Tarpley should have thought twice before spreading vicious rumors about the now First Lady of the United States, and should have just stuck to slanted and biased reporting about Trump like the mainstream media does.
Oddly enough, Tarpley looks exactly how you imagine he would, as you can picture him behind his computer eagerly typing away at his latest anti-Trump hit piece with a smug grin on his face muttering, “This is gonna bring him down for sure! This is the end for Trump!”
Fortunately, the judge in Melania’s case did not agree with his lawyer’s argument that Tarpley was just “reporting” on a rumor that Melania was an escort, not actually stating that she was. Way to take a page from CNN Tarpley, but it’s not going to fly with a blogger, you only get to skew reporting if you’re a giant liberal news organization.
“That’s not how the law works. You can’t print a rumor if it’s not true and it damages or harms someone’s reputation,” the attorney said. “That is textbook defamation.
Harder also complained that Tarpley had done nothing to investigate the accuracy of what he was circulating. For example, the attorney said the blogger could or should have checked “a library of porn content” to see if Trump had appeared in pornography.
“You have to verify. You can’t just say anything you want about someone when it’s defamatory,” Harder said.
Perhaps Tarpley could have written about rumors that actually had merit, and which turned out to be true, such as the reports about Hillary Clinton’s failing health and shocking lack of stamina. These were branded rumors by the mainstream media, until Clinton collapsed, lost her shoe and had to be tossed into her van by her staff at the 9/11 memorial in September. Then you’d actually be on the cutting edge of real news.
The case will continue as planned, and her lawyers will continue fighting in the defense of the First Lady’s honor. I can imagine when this blogger’s article was first brought to the attention of President Trump, Melania probably wanted to just let it go, but he felt compelled to defend the honor of his wife and would not allow this slander to go unanswered.
Congratulations Webster Tarpley, you picked a fight with the President and First Lady of the United States.