Now here’s an interesting question: Does this actually fall under the category of “events in the political arena”?
The election was already over, every vote had been cast. While you might argue that “My Opponent is a jerk! Don’t vote for him!” should be protected speech during the election campaign, should it still be okay to say that after the election is over, and the excuse of trying to influence the voters is no longer applicable?
Her claims weren’t made in the context of a political campaign; that campaign had already ended in failure. No matter how many voters she might have been able to sway, their votes had already been cast. No, these claims were made in the context of a lawsuit, and the only people whose opinions matter would be the judges hearing the cases, and they wouldn’t be swayed by such nonsense. So what was the purpose of making these claims, then, other than to sully the reputation of the people involved?