In the tempestuous world of election year politics, families are said to be “off-limits,” but this year is unlike any election in recent memory and that has brought some family members unwelcome scrutiny resulting in criticism and comment.

Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton is the first candidate married to a former president, larger-than-life Bill Clinton, and her candidacy has revived the scandal surrounding his extra-marital work in the Oval Office during his tenure.

While Clinton’s only child, Chelsea, has escaped criticism, her friend, Ivanka Trump, daughter of Republican nominee, has been critiqued for her clothes, business practices – and her hair.

But only Melania Trump, the nominee’s wife, has taken a step toward legal action after a British tabloid alleged that she did not earn a college degree as represented in her biography, and that she did not work under a legal visa when she first came to the U.S.

Mrs. Trump was born in Slovenia and became a United States citizen in 2006.

Even more disturbing allegations that she worked as an escort before meeting and marrying the New York billionaire have also been published.

As a result, an attorney for Mrs. Trump has given notice that she intends to take action against the Daily Mail specifically and other unnamed news organizations “for making false and defamatory statements about her supposedly having been an “escort” in the 1990s.”

Her attorney, Charles Harder, who just handled Hulk Hogan’s successful suit against Gawker, stated, “All such statements are 100% false, highly damaging to her reputation, and personally hurtful,” adding that “outright lying about her in this way exceeds all bounds of appropriate news reporting and human decency.”

Although most Americans aren’t familiar with the Daily Mail, it is the second biggest-selling newspaper in Britain with a daily circulation of over 2 million copies.

More than 100 million readers visit its website every month.

The sheer volume of those numbers speaks to a wide and loyal readership who turn to the “DM” for the latest on real news – often with a conservative bent, as well as photographs of what Princess Kate is wearing and what the latest starlets aren’t.

On Monday, Mr. Trump tweeted a link to apologies by two news sources that repeated the allegations.

The “DM” has been successfully sued by other well-known personalities in the past, such as Elton John who recovered £100,000 in damages for false accusations.

 

 

 

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