Former US President Donald Trump sued CNN on Monday, accusing it of defaming him over concerns he could run for president again in 2024 and seeking $475 million in damages.
The Republican, who is more openly courting the idea of running for the White House, believes that CNN “sought to use its enormous influence” to “discredit him in front of its viewers and readers in order to defeat him politically,” according to the text of the lawsuit filed in Florida.
According to the same source, “CNN’s deterrence campaign, in the form of defamation and defamation against the plaintiff, has only escalated in recent months as CNN fears that the plaintiff will run for president in 2024.”
Donald Trump accuses the channel of wanting to “tip the political balance left” by attempting to “dirty” “with a series of defamatory, false and scandalous adjectives such as ‘racist’, ‘servant of the Russians’, ‘disobedience’ and ultimately ‘Hitler’.”
The businessman is particularly critical of CNN for using the term “The Big Lie” to talk about his allegations that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” by Joe Biden.
“The Great Lie is a direct reference to the tactics used by Adolf Hitler and the appearance in Mein Kampf,” the complaint said. Hitler used the “big lie” to incite hatred of Jews “and should not be taken lightly.”
Its repeated use on the channel about Mr. Trump — more than 7,700 times since January 2021, the complaint alleges — is “a deliberate attempt by CNN to convey to its audience an association between the prosecutor and one of the most disgusting figures in modern history.”
Donald Trump, 76, is seeking $475 million in damages.
The former president said, in a press statement, Monday evening, that he will file a complaint against a “large number” of other media outlets in the coming weeks and months, also for defamation.
He also said he might take action against the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack by his supporters on the Capitol.
Throughout his tenure, the former Republican president had a poor relationship with major media outlets such as CNN and The New York Times, dubbed “Fake News” by the media. He has been raging against them regularly on Twitter, where he has since been banned.
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