WASHINGTON, April 12, 2017 – Feminists around the world should be wearing their knitted “pussy” hats and cheering First Lady Melania Trump. Not because she speaks five languages. Not because she is, in her own right, a successful businesswoman. Not because she is confident, beautiful and our first modern immigrant First Lady—all of which is absolutely cheer-worthy.
Feminists should be cheering Mrs. Trump for standing up for herself, and for women around the world, to those who would make the vilest statements against women and their families. Based on her past statements, former FLOTUS Michelle Obama would be expected to rejoice in Mrs. Trump’s victory against those who would defame her and her child.
Every mother works hard, and every woman deserves to be respected. –mo
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) April 12, 2012
In November 2016, Mrs. Trump challenged YouYube blogger James Hunter for a video he posted that alleged the First Son Barron Trump was autistic. Hunter got off fairly easy as he was forced to take the video down and issue a formal apology to Barron and the Trump Family.
In August 2016 when Maryland-based blogger, Webster Tarpley reported on “rumors” that the first lady was a “high-end escort” during her early modeling days, Mrs. Trump stood up for herself taking the blogger to court where Maryland Judge Sharon Burrell ruled in favor of Trump and said:
“There could be no more defamatory statement than to call a woman a prostitute.”
Settled in January for a settlement of a “substantial sum”, Mrs. Trump was not done. The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom and Daily Mail online printed similar demeaning and false stories claiming that Mrs. Trump may have met President Donald Trump three years before they allegedly “staged” their actual meeting. The insinuation reached by many was that then Melanie Kraus may have met Mr. Trump while acting as an escort. Her attorney’s statement said that the article admitted to having no evidence for the allegations and included that both Trump and Paulo Zampolli, who ran the modeling agency, denied the claims.
The conclusion reached by many was that then Melanie Kraus may have met Mr. Trump while acting as an escort. Her attorney’s statement said that the article admitted to having no evidence for the allegations and included that both Trump and Paulo Zampolli, who ran the modeling agency, denied the claims. However the false claims were made and The Daily Mail could not hide.
The lawsuit, filed in September 2016, has now ended in a settlement announced earlier today. The Daily Mail has agreed to print a retraction and the apology the was issued in a statement:
We accept that these allegations about Mrs Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her.
The Daily Mail has agreed to pay her “damages and costs,” reaching as much as $2.9 million in addition to the formal retractions.
Three cheers for Mrs. Trump who quietly stood up for herself, and won.