Trump Files Defamation Lawsuit Against CNN, Seeking $475 Million
Former US President Donald Trump at a 'Save America' rally in Michigan (archives)
Former US President Donald Trump filed a complaint against CNN on Monday. Accusing her of defaming him because she fears he will run for president again in 2024, he is seeking $475 million in damages from her.
The Republican, who is flirting more and more openly with the idea of running for the White House again, believes that CNN has sought to use its immense influence to defame him to its viewers and readers in the purpose of defeating him politically, according to the text of the lawsuit filed in Florida.
CNN's campaign of deterrence, in the form of defamation and slander against the plaintiff, does not ;has only gained momentum in recent months as CNN fears the plaintiff may run for president in 2024, according to the same source.
Donald Trump accuses the channel of wanting to tip the political balance to the left by trying to smear it with a series of ever more defamatory, false and scandalous qualifiers such as ''racist'' , ''lackey of the Russians'', ''insurrectionist'' and even ''Hitler''.
The businessman particularly criticizes CNN for using the expression the Big Lie to refer to his allegations that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him by Joe Biden.
The Big Lie is a direct reference to a tactic employed by Adolf Hitler, which he discussed in his book Mein Kampf, according to the complaint. The Big Lie was used by Hitler to incite hatred of Jews and should not be taken lightly.
Its repeated use on CNN about Mr. Trump — more than 7,700 times since January 2021, the complaint claims — is a deliberate attempt by CNN to broadcast to its audience an association between the complainant and one of the personalities. most repugnant in modern history.
Donald Trump, 76, is seeking $475 million in damages.
In a statement, the ex-president said on Monday evening that he would file suit against a large number of other media over the coming weeks and months, also for defamation.
He also said he could take action against the House Committee investigating the assault on the Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021.
Throughout his tenure, the former Republican president had an abysmal relationship with mainstream media like CNN and the New York Times , which he dubbed fake news media. He regularly raged against them on Twitter, from where he has since been banned.