Donald Trump has been at war with the media since he began his first presidential campaign, at least. He lashes out at reports that cast him in a negative light, declaring any network that doesn’t idolize him ‘fake news’ and even attacking conservative networks for merely reporting on such facts as a poll in which he fared poorly. Now, though, he’s threatening lawsuits, claiming that he’s the victim of defamation.
Here is Trump’s spokesperson, Liz Harrington, insisting that CNN is “spreading lies about Trump in the 2020 election, when in fact, the truth [is] on Trump’s side.”
Trump’s spokesperson says if CNN doesn’t make a formal apology within 10 days for defaming him about the 2020 election and J6, he will sue the network. pic.twitter.com/zN6yGmW5Ee
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) July 28, 2022
According to The Hill, Trump is threatening suit on the basis that CNN has called him a “liar” and “purveyor of the Big Lie,” as well as calling his election claims “baseless” and “lies.” The letter threatening the lawsuit explains that these statements are defamatory, since Trump “genuinely believes” all of his claims.
This notably comes just as the January 6th Committee has finished its first round of evidential hearings, in which they clearly demonstrated that a reasonable person would have known that the claims were baseless, as courts, including Judges Trump appointed himself, legal analysts, recounts, audits, and Trump’s own Attorney General all repeatedly affirmed that there was no evidence for the kind of fraud necessary to change the outcome of the election.
It also comes as the public learns that the Department of Justice investigation seems to be drawing closer to the former president, as the Grand Jury questions some individuals closer to his White House workings.
Forbes reports that CNN isn’t the only network in Trump’s sights, either. He reportedly said he’ll be taking legal action against “media outlets,” plural, that have reported the complete lack of evidence for any significant election fraud in 2020 — or, as Trump’s announcement states it, “defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud.”
(He has yet to produce any such evidence.)
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