A couple of months ago the president sued NYT over this in an opinion:
“…the quid of help in the campaign against Hillary Clinton for the quo of a new pro-Russian foreign policy.”
Now, of course, we know the writer was correct. The Flynn case was about promising Russian intelligence removal of sanctions imposed by Obama because of election interference. So it was a valid criticism of the president’s campaign as it applied to regime policy before and after the election.
Along comes the Trump progeny, Junior, and calls Biden a pedophile. This while Senior accused Scarborough of murder.
As far as I know those accusations have little to do with policy and all to do with personal insults and false accusations of serious crimes.
To the credit of both Scarborough and Biden, neither is going to “wrestle in the mud with pigs”, to borrow an apt witticism. The rest of the phrase is “you’ll only get dirty, besides the pig loves it.” Sadly apropos to say the least.
Yet, I wonder if slander, even by a sitting president, might not apply. After all, both attacks were total fabrications and truly personal. And, more important, is that the authors knew they were false and uttered in malice.
And even if by some perversion of the law, Trump is immune, his son surely can’t be protected by some kind of sovereignty by primogeniture.