Proving for the millionth time that he’s one of the most ignorantly litigious human beings ever born, disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president Donald Trump has filed suit against CNN on charges of defamation and is seeking $475 million in compensatory damages.
The suit, which was filed in a Florida federal court, reads in part:
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 for the purpose of defeating him politically, culminating in CNN claiming credit for “[getting] Trump out” in the 2020 presidential election. 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.”
In July, the loser ex-president also threatened to sue other media outlets for supposedly defaming him, making his announcement in a letter released through his Save America PAC that he “will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election. I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”
The suit is clearly little more than a publicity stunt and an attempt to change the subject from the multiple legal investigations that threaten to send Trump to prison for the remainder of his life.
Does CNN sound worried about being sued? As a matter of fact, they had the perfect response to Trump’s bluster when he first began making noises about lawsuits against media outlets, noting:
CNN has had the opportunity to review your letter of July 21, 2022, and to evaluate your demand to take down and retract the 34 articles and television segments you identify as defamatory, and to cease referring to representations made by former President Trump regarding the outcome of the 2020 presidential election as “lies.” We decline your request.
While we will address the merits of any lawsuit should one be filed, we note that you have not identified a single false or defamatory statement in your letter. It is well-established that the outcome of the 2020 presidential election was unaffected by fraud, as verified by the dismissal of no fewer than 50 lawsuits by judges across the United States asserting otherwise, the sanctioning of multiple attorneys for making unsubstantiated election-fraud claims, and investigations conducted by the Department of Justice, Congress, and various state and local bodies.
That’s how you flip off a blowhard like Donald Trump.