Former President Trump has filed a defamation lawsuit against CNN in federal court in Florida.
Trump’s attorneys claim in a lawsuit filed on Monday that CNN “has sought to use its massive influence — purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source — to defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers in order to defeat him politically,” culminating in CNN taking credit for “[getting] Trump out” in the 2020 presidential election.
According to the case, the former president is requesting $475 million in punitive damages. Trump stated in a statement that he would “also be initiating measures against other media outlets that have defamed me and deceived the people about the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election” when he first announced his intention to sue the network earlier this summer.
CNN “has undertaken a smear campaign to malign the Plaintiff with a barrage of negative associations and innuendos, broadcasting commentary that he is like a cult leader, a Russian lackey, a dog whistler to white supremacists, and a racist,” according to the former president’s attorneys, who make this claim in a court document.
As more proof that the media source was trying to link Trump to Adolf Hitler, it listed anchors, stars, and pundits on CNN using the term “Big Lie” to describe his repeated incorrect comments about the 2020 election and voting fraud.
Public figures must establish a journalist’s genuine intent or reckless disregard for the truth in order to establish defamation, which is a difficult legal hurdle to overcome in order to uphold the First Amendment rights that the constitution grants to the free press. For for than 50 years, The New York Times, for instance, has not suffered a slander court loss.
Trump, his supporters, allies, and conservatives in general frequently have CNN as a foe.
A high school girl from Kentucky who was at the centre of a viral video scandal and became a target for detractors of the mainstream media filed a $275 million lawsuit against the network in 2020, which the network resolved.