President Donald Trump took a swing at mainstream media outlet CNN this week in a massive defamation lawsuit, according to multiple reports.
Per Bloomberg, the 45th president is claiming that CNN has orchestrated a deliberate campaign of libel and defamatory narratives against him, and he is seeking $475 million in damages.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Fort Lauderdale, slammed CNN as “fake news” and accused the company of allegedly using its “massive influence” to “defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for ‘[getting] Trump out’ in the 2020 presidential election.’”
The lawsuit further stated, “CNN’s campaign of dissuasion in the form of libel and slander against the Plaintiff has only escalated in recent months as CNN fears the Plaintiff will run for president in 2024. As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the Left, CNN has tried to taint the Plaintiff with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of ‘racist,’ ‘Russian lackey,’ ‘insurrectionist,’ and ultimately ‘Hitler.’”
It also pointed out that CNN had “not complied with the Plaintiff’s demands for retractions of defamatory statements by way of publishing such retractions.”
The filing listed other instances of CNN’s alleged defamatory statements against the president, giving specific examples from the network. Also provided were screenshots, quotes from CNN, and highlights from shows hosted by pundits like Anderson Cooper and Brian Stelter.
As previously reported by RSBN, in July, President Trump notified CNN of his intent to file a lawsuit over “repeated defamatory statements” and advised that he would be “commencing action against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 election.”