The ‘L’ Word
Why is no one talking about the ‘L’ word: Libel?
As defined by Merriam-Webster:
“2a : a written or oral defamatory statement or representation that conveys an unjustly unfavorable impression
b (1) : a statement or representation published without just cause and tending to expose another to public contempt (2) : defamation of a person by written or representational means”
What the 45th POTUS has done, regardless of his source, or more accurately lack thereof, is a text book definition. In print, on his Twitter account from March 4th at 5:35 in the morning no less,
“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”.
Then another 15 minutes passes before a second libelous tweet at March 4th 5:49 in the morning,
“Is it legal for a sitting President to be “wire tapping” a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!”.
And then a 3rd offense 13 minutes later, March 4th at 6:02 in the morning,
“How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!”
So over the course of 27 minutes, the 45th POTUS accuses his predecessor in a fashion that he could be sued over. To what end? The irony here is that under his proposed Libel law reform, he would be sued to the hilt. From The Washington Post, Callum Brocher’s article on February 26th 2016 speaks to the 45th’s desire to make it easier to sue for libelous accusations. This sentiment was geared towards the press. However, libel laws that exist today are geared towards the defamation of character, which is exactly what 45 is doing to Barack Obama.
President Obama should sue, just to piss on 45 more.