Former President Donald Trump, who sued CNN for defamation aboriginal this week, said successful an interrogation connected Wednesday that the media should beryllium his allegations astir the 2020 statesmanlike predetermination being rigged are false.
CNN had termed Trump’s allegations a “big lie,” a word that Trump claimed was coined by anchors to malign his reputation. While talking to hosts John Solomon and Amanda Head connected the Real America’s Voice web amusement “Just The News No Noise” connected Oct. 5, Trump said CNN should “prove the large lie.”
“They’ll accidental immoderate comes to mind. They speech astir the large lie. I said, good beryllium the large lie. The large prevarication is not a large prevarication astatine all. The large prevarication is the opposite,” said Trump.
“All the stats—we person everything. Unfortunately, we haven’t had judges that privation to look astatine it. They don’t privation to alteration elections.”
The erstwhile President filed a lawsuit against CNN connected Monday, alleging defamation and seeking $475 cardinal successful punitive damages.
“And truthful we sued CNN for a batch of wealth and we’ll spot however that goes. I deliberation it should spell precise well,” Trump said.
The 29-page lawsuit, filed successful the U.S. District Court successful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, accuses CNN of having “sought to usage its monolithic influence—purportedly arsenic a ‘trusted’ quality source” to defame Trump “for the intent of defeating him politically.”
The effort resulted successful CNN claiming recognition for “[getting] Trump out” successful the 2020 statesmanlike election, attorneys for Trump said successful the ailment (pdf) adding that the “libel and slander” against Trump has lone escalated successful caller months due to the fact that CNN fears Trump’s statesmanlike run for 2024.
“CNN has been fixed the dreaded ‘Pants connected Fire!’ designation by PolitiFact for its stories comparing Trump to Hitler,” said the attorneys.
They were referring to 2 psychiatrists discussing sum of Trump connected CNN’s now-canceled “Reliable Sources” program. Allen James Frances, the president emeritus of Duke University’s section of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, had said connected the show: “Trump is arsenic destructive a idiosyncratic successful this period arsenic Hitler, Stalin, and Mao were successful the past century. He whitethorn beryllium liable for galore much cardinal deaths than they were. He needs to beryllium contained, but helium needs to beryllium contained by attacking his policies, not his person.”
Politifact, a fact-checking website operated by the Poynter Institute of MediaStudies had done a fact-check connected the assertion and rated it arsenic “Pants connected Fire” connected its “Truth-O-Meter,” which means “the connection is not close and makes a ridiculous claim.”
Trump’s attorneys said that “[o]ne of the astir pervasive associations betwixt [Trump] and Hitler that CNN has employed is its usage of the word the ‘Big Lie’ successful narration to the Plaintiff’s stated concerns astir the integrity of the predetermination process for the 2020 statesmanlike election.”
“The ‘Big Lie’ is simply a nonstop notation to a maneuver employed by Adolf Hitler and appearing successful Hitler’s Mein Kampf,” they wrote.
According to a footnote connected the lawsuit, Trump’s lawyers had earlier contacted CNN successful July with a announcement of soon-to-be litigation and had requested that the media halt referring to Trump’s comments connected the 2020 elections arsenic “lies.” However, CNN declined his petition and said: “You person not identified a azygous mendacious oregon defamatory connection successful your letter.”
In 2019, Trump’s lawyers had besides sent a letter to CNN threatening to writer and question “substantial” payment, but CNN dismissed it arsenic a “PR stunt.”
CNN hasn’t responded to The Epoch Times’ earlier requests for comments and the media has yet to connection immoderate nationalist connection connected Trump’s caller lawsuit.
Venus Upadhayaya reports connected wide scope of issues. Her country of expertise is successful Indian and South Asian geopolitics. She has reported from the precise volatile India-Pakistan borderline and has contributed to mainstream people media successful India for astir a decade. Community media, sustainable development, and enactment stay her cardinal areas of interest.