In a surprising and heart-wrenching turn of events for former President Donald Trump, his defamation lawsuit against CNN has suffered a devastating defeat in court. The case, which he passionately pursued, was ultimately dismissed by the very federal judge he appointed, despite his fervent claims that the network linked him to Adolf Hitler.
The lawsuit centered around CNN’s coverage of Trump in the aftermath of his unsuccessful bid for re-election in 2020. The network repeatedly used the term “the Big Lie” to refer to his baseless claims of election fraud. Trump contended that this phrase equated him with Hitler, as it had historically been associated with the lies propagated by the Nazis to justify the Holocaust. He alleged that CNN’s use of the phrase defamed him and insinuated to viewers that he could adopt Hitler-like actions in a future political role.
However, Judge Raag Singhal staunchly disagreed with Trump’s assertions. In a motion to dismiss, he asserted that the former president’s claims were merely a collection of unfounded inferences that did not meet the standard of falsehood under federal law. (glonme.com) The judge emphasized that CNN’s use of “the Big Lie” did not imply that Trump advocated persecution or genocide, and no reasonable viewer could reasonably make such a connection.
Trump had sought an astronomical sum of $475 million in damages through the lawsuit, citing five instances where CNN used the phrase to describe his election claims. He accused the network of refusing to retract these statements upon his request. While Judge Singhal expressed his disapproval of CNN’s use of the phrase, deeming it “odious and repugnant” to associate it with Hitler and the Holocaust in news stories, he clarified that bad rhetoric alone does not constitute defamation if it does not involve false statements of fact. In this case, it has been proven through numerous recounts and audits that Trump’s claims about the 2020 election were baseless lies. (glonme.com)
Despite the resounding defeat in court, Trump has made no public acknowledgment of the ruling as of Saturday morning. The setback deals a significant blow to his efforts to hold the media accountable for their coverage of him, and it raises questions about his future legal strategies and endeavors.
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