Donald Trump threatens to sue CNN for calling him a ‘liar’
Donald Trump is threatening to sue CNN for calling his false claims about the 2020 election a lie.
“I have notified CNN of my intent to take legal action for their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump said in a statement from his political action committee Save America on Wednesday.
The former president added that he “will also take action against other media outlets that defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 election. I will never stop fighting to the truth and for the future of our country!
Lawyers for Mr. Trump last week threatened to take legal action against the cable network in Florida, citing numerous instances of Mr. Trump being called a “liar” in CNN reports, or misrepresentations of the former president regarding the 2020 elections were considered the “Great”. Lie.”
They argued that Mr. Trump was not technically lying because he was not knowingly saying untrue things.
“He subjectively believes that the results of the 2020 presidential election triggered fraudulent voting activity in several key states,” Trump’s lawyers said in a letter to CNN last Thursday.
The letter includes a litany of articles and on-air reports Mr. Trump says are false and defamatory. He also says the network should also label the many high-profile Democratic figures who claimed Russia helped elect Mr. Trump in 2016 as liars.
“CNN reporting, both before and after the election, consistently fueled a narrative that challenged President Trump’s legitimacy and competence,” the letter continues.
The Independent contacted CNN for comment.
What to call Mr. Trump’s many repeated misrepresentations about the election has reportedly sparked considerable debate in CNN’s newsroom.
Chris Licht, CNN’s new chairman, reportedly discouraged staff from referring to Mr Trump’s seemingly relentless barrage of campaign plotting as the “big lie”.
An anonymous CNN insider told Mediatie that the news chief wanted to avoid terminology that sounds too close to the partisan political slogans espoused by the Democratic Party.
The term “big lie” was coined by Adolf Hitler in an anti-Semitic tirade against Viennese Jews, but was later reused to describe how the Nazis and other regimes used repeated false information to gain and retain power.
Mr. Trump disputed that comparison with the fascist dictator, writing in his letter to CNN last week that it is “a particularly offensive insult to a man with Jewish immediate family members.”
The former president and businessman is famous for his litigation, having been the target of more than 4,000 lawsuits in his lifetime and the initiator of several himself.
During the 2016 campaign alone, he threatened to sue 20 different people, according to FiveThirtyEight.
Lawsuits are often directed against media outlets that have published articles critical of Mr. Trump, and the former president rarely follows through on his threats to take legal action. He threatened to sue the Washington Post in 2016 for writing about a bankruptcy at a Trump casino. In 2019, he threatened to sue CNN for false advertising by calling himself a news network.
A year later, he filed a complaint The New York Times for asserting a “quid pro quo” between Russia and the Trump campaign.