Donald Trump Is Suing CNN For $475 Million

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A lawsuit filed Monday by former President Donald Trump seeks compensatory damages of more than $75,000, as well as punitive damages of $475 million.

In his complaint, he claims that CNN has “misrepresented him in a false, defamatory, and inflammatory manner and that its conduct is intended to interfere with his political career.”

Because CNN used the term the “Big Lie” to describe Trump’s “stated concerns about the integrity of the election process for the 2020 presidential election,” Trump argues that he is entitled to hundreds of millions of dollars in punitive damages. According to Trump’s lawyers, the “Big Lie” refers to a tactic employed by Hitler in his book “Mein Kampf.”

“‘If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it,'” Trump’s lawyers stated, recalling how Hitler used this technique to justify the genocide of the Jewish people.

Trump’s counsel says, “CNN’s campaign of dissuasion in the form of libel and slander against the former president has only escalated in recent months as CNN fears Trump will run for president in 2024.”

The former president has been claiming since November 2020 that the election was rigged in an election that was largely administered by mail-in ballot because of the Covid Pandemic.

In recent months the former president has also come under pressure for what seems like thin, politically motivated, legal attacks. One being a national archive instigated ‘raid’ and the second a lawsuit by the AG of New York that legal experts say has no teeth and will likely be dismissed.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Trump sues CNN for defamation  CBS News
  2. Donald Trump sues CNN claiming defamation, seeks $475M  New York Post
  3. Trump sues CNN for defamation and seeks $475m in punitive damages  The Guardian US
  4. Trump Files a Defamation Suit Against CNN  The New York Times
  5. Trump threatens further legal action against news media, Jan. 6 panel  The Hill
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