the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation.
make false and damaging statements about (someone).
synonyms: defame (someone's character), blacken someone's name, tell lies about, speak ill/evil of, sully someone's reputation, libel, smear, cast aspersions on, spread scandal about, besmirch, tarnish, taint."
Donald Trump levied a salvo of charges against the beloved former President Obama that may be characterized as being slanderous.
Trump once again attempts to employ misdirection as a tactic to distract attention from his failings as President.
"In his tweets over the weekend, Trump called Obama a “bad (or sick) guy” and compared the wiretapping allegation to Watergate and McCarthyism.
Presidential historians are among those startled by Trump’s rhetoric toward Obama, which they view as significantly outside the recent norms.
“It is extraordinarily unusual,” said Russell Riley, an associate professor at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.
“Now, that doesn’t mean that presidents have not had their issues with their predecessor — and on occasion, they have felt free voicing their objections to them through private channels,” Riley added. “But I personally cannot think of an instance where a president has made such an open attack on his predecessor.”
The controversy rages on. White House press secretary Sean Spicer insisted Tuesday that Trump would not withdraw his claims about Obama.
“Why would he withdraw it until it’s adjudicated?” Spicer asked."
Donald Trump has made false and misleading statements about a host of persons who can and should sue him.
Trump is an American liability as President and should be impeached.