And so it begins.
Proud gay Republican Peter Thiel has officially set a new precedent. After using his billions to bankroll Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media, which resulted in the company being sued out of existence, other self-proclaimed members of America’s billionaire class are now following suit.
Melania Trump just hired the same team of lawyers who represented Hogan against Gawker Media to threaten several media outlets, large and small, with defamation lawsuits after they wrote unfavorably about her alleged past.
Her lawyer, Charles Harder, just sent a letter to several media organizations, including the Daily Mail, Politico, The Week, and The Inquisitr, placing them “on notice” after they ran a story claiming the 46-year-old model once worked as an escort in the early 1990s.
In the letter, Harder calls the reports “100% false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful.”
(We can’t help but note the irony in the wife of America’s biggest bully complaining about having her feelings hurt.)
He also says that “outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency” and adds that Mrs. Trump has suffered severe emotional distress and feels her privacy has been invaded.
The letter demands the publications apologize and retract the stories immediately or be faced with a lawsuit which, these days, could mean being sued out of existence and having their reporters, editors, and their families financially ruined for life.
As of yesterday, several of the sites had already caved to the demands, publishing apologies and retractions. Though not everyone seemed very remorseful.
In his apology, titled Trump Lawyers Said Melania Didn’t F**k For Money, Forced Us To Apologize, So Here It Is, Andrew Bradford at the blog Liberal America said he was sorry “that the personal image of the wannabe first lady is so insecure that she feels the need to send her legal hell-hounds chasing after small, independent journalists such as me.”
In other Melania Trump news, Mother Jones uncovered that the Trump campaign paid a grand total of $356.01 to the woman who allegedly wrote Melania’s plagiarized speech for the RNC last month. Evidently, they don’t hold writers of any sort, even those working for them, in very high regard.
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