Trump files defamation lawsuit against CNN
Donald Trump is embroiled in legal battles on multiple fronts. Now the ex-president himself starts a new lawsuit – and presents himself as a victim again.
dFormer US President Donald Trump has sued the broadcaster CNN. The news channel defamed him to prevent future Trump campaigns, according to a lawsuit filed Monday (local time) in a district court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The former president is therefore demanding 475 million dollars (483 million euros) in damages. The smear campaign has only intensified in recent months “as CNN fears the plaintiff will run for president in 2024.”
The plaintiff is particularly concerned about the term “The Big Lie”, which refers to his baseless claim that widespread fraud cost him the 2020 election victory. Numerous federal and state officials, courts and, including William Barr himself, his own attorney general at the time, have stressed that there was no evidence of tampering.
The Trump team’s lawsuit said the words “The Big Lie” have been used more than 7,700 times in CNN’s coverage since January 2021. The intention behind this is to irritate, frighten and trigger people. Trump had repeatedly verbally attacked the news station during his presidency, which was well received by his conservative supporters.
In a statement on Monday, Trump hinted at possible further lawsuits against other media houses. He could also take “appropriate steps” against the House of Representatives Commission of Inquiry investigating the violent storming of the Capitol by its supporters on Jan. 6, 2021.
According to various media reports, new CNN boss Chris Licht internally told his editors a few months ago to stop talking about “The Big Lie” in connection with the coverage of Trump. Because that would internalize Democrats’ efforts to brand the ex-president.
Media that criticize him regularly denigrate Trump as lying (“fake news”) and as “enemies of the people”. For months, the Republican has fueled speculation that he could run again for his party in the 2024 presidential election. He describes any action taken against him, including several legal disputes with official agencies, as an attempt by his political opponents to try and get him. prevent them from applying.