Defamation Charge: Trump Wants $475 Million From CNN

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Trump Wants $475 Million From CNN

Former US President Trump feels vilified by the TV channel CNN and wants to claim millions in damages. In his opinion, the broadcaster is trying to torpedo his presidential candidacy with fake news. The broadcaster previously rejected a retraction of ratings about Trump.

Former US President Donald Trump has sued US news channel CNN for $475 million in damages for defamation. According to the lawsuit filed in a US court in Florida, the TV station fears he could run for president again in 2024 and therefore wants to conduct a campaign of “slander and slander” against him.

In a separate statement, Trump said he and his lawyers could also sue “a host of other fake news outlets” in the coming weeks and months, particularly with regard to its coverage of the 2020 US presidential election.

In the lawsuit against CNN, the former US president specifically objected to the broadcaster’s claim that the 2020 election had been “stolen” by US Democrat Joe Biden as a “big lie”. Trump said the legal action was intended to “defend his reputation as a committed public servant and establish CNN’s liability for damaging his reputation with the false, defamatory and inflammatory misrepresentations about him.” Trump had never been able to provide convincing evidence of large-scale voter fraud and failed numerous lawsuits.

Trump accuses CNN of defamation

Because the TV station “tried to use its massive influence — allegedly as a ‘trusted’ news source — to slander the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers in order to defeat him politically,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in the 29. side lawsuit.

Trump also accused CNN of being involved in a “joint action to tilt the political balance to the left.” The TV station reportedly tried to smear him with a host of “increasingly outrageous, false and defamatory terms such as ‘racist’, ‘Russian footman’, ‘rioter’ and finally ‘Hitler'”.

Trump had previously threatened to sue CNN if the broadcaster refused to retract the allegedly defamatory statements about him. However, according to the lawsuit, the broadcaster refused to retract its coverage. During his tenure, Trump repeatedly berated CNN and other social media outlets, which he described as “fake news.”

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