Editor's note: Recently, a story based on a source associated with Claude Taylor was debunked as a hoax by the Guardian and disavowed by Taylor. In light of this, we advise any information derived from sources provided by Claude Taylor to be viewed in the light cast by this revelation.
A post published on Sunday, May 21, by a former White House staffer is getting plenty of attention on Twitter. The tweet claimed that First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump's divorce papers were already signed before the presidential election. The viral tweet also claims that Mr. and Mrs. Trump reached a divorce settlement before the election, but Trump winning the presidential election had some kind of bearing on the divorce decision.
Published by Claude Taylor, a Washington Democrat who previously worked in the White House during the Clinton administration, as reported by Newsweek, the tweet is getting lots of attention due to recent stories that the veteran of three presidential campaigns broke. The publication notes that Taylor previously tweeted about a grand jury being convened, and an even direr situation that involved sealed indictments. With whisperings about offshore monies and more controversies, Claude's tweets are being viewed with a healthy grain of salt from those wondering if he has the inside knowledge he's claiming he has about Melania's alleged divorce papers.
Update: According to Stephanie Grisham, Director of Communications for Melania Trump, Claude's claims about the Trumps divorce papers are not true. In an email sent to the Inquisitr, Stephanie responded to Taylor's tweet as noted below.
"I have never heard of that person but obviously that is absolutely false."Claude has made sure to reply to folks asking about Melania and Donald's divorce papers via the Twitter reply section of the below tweet. Taylor went on to reply several times to Twitter users to claim that according to what a mainstream media reporter told him, the divorce papers were signed. However, since the alleged signed divorce papers were not filed in any county, they aren't available to the public.
"That's all I was told."
Claude's tweet continues to go viral on Twitter, with nearly 7,000 likes and nearly 4,000 retweets. Update: The tweet now has more than 7,000 Twitter likes.
Taylor blamed the editorial process of the mainstream media as the reason the articles about the alleged divorce papers have yet to break via mainstream channels.
According to Vanity Fair, even though Melania's people denied the divorce rumor, the publication claims the divorce buzz occurred after the infamous tapes of Trump speaking with Billy Bush leaked.
"New York's chattering class has recently been abuzz with gossip that Melania was considering a divorce after the Access Hollywood tape came out."
Divorce Buzz Awakens After Melania Refuses to Hold Trump's HandThe news about the alleged divorce papers comes at the same time a video (seen below) of Melania appearing to slap away President Trump's hand is going viral. Melania and President Trump appear in the top photo above signing a guest book as Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and his wife, Nehama, accompanied the Trumps at the President's House in Jerusalem. However, news about the supposed hand slap and alleged signed divorce papers are usurping other news coming out of Israel on May 22. The video, titled "Melania Trump swatting Donald's hand away" on the YouTube channel of Matt Novak has gained more than 800,000 views in seven hours.
While Mr. and Mrs. Trump began their visit to Israel, which should last only 28 hours, reactions like those listed below are making their way online.
"Even if not verified, the info is well within the realm of the possible/logical. Not rare to sign divorce papers and hold for a while."
"I heard different rumor from reliable source 1 degree of Kevin Bacon away from NYC's high powered divorce lawyers."
"Rumor (could be from pre-election) was Melania consulting w/every power divorce attorney in NYC to pre-empt Don from hiring them."[Featured Image by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images]
"She's going to write one hell of a book someday. Rather, someone's going to ghostwrite one hell of a book for her someday."
"And that is even what the original tweet said. He did not say filed for divorce, ever anywhere. Gadzooks, people."
"A lawyer could have them."
"That could be veeery dangerous. She seems bullied as it is."