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Donald Trump sues CNN for defamation and seeks $475 million

Washington | Former U.S. President Donald Trump sued CNN on Monday, seeking $475 million in damages for defaming him as he fears he may run for president again in 2024.

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The Republican, who has been flirting more and more openly with the idea of ​​running for the White House, believes that CNN “tried to use its enormous influence to smear its viewers and readers in order to defeat him politically.” According to the text of the complaint filed in Florida.

“CNN’s preventive campaign against Plaintiff in the form of libel and defamation has only increased in recent months because CNN fears Plaintiff will run for president in 2024,” according to the same source.

Donald Trump accuses him of wanting to “tilt the political balance to the left”, “racist”, “leader of the Russians” with “highly slanderous, false and slanderous qualifications”, “rebellionist” and finally “Hitler”.

The businessman is particularly critical of CNN for using the phrase “The Big Lie” to talk about his allegations that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him by Joe Biden.

“‘The Big Lie’ refers directly to a tactic employed by Adolf Hitler. Main Camp“, according to the complaint. The “big lie” was used by Hitler to hate Jews” and “should not be taken lightly.”

More than 7,700 times since January 2021 Mr. The channel’s repeated use of Trump, the complaint says – “is a deliberate attempt by CNN to broadcast to its viewers a connection between the complainant and one of the most hateful personalities in modern history.”

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Donald Trump, 76, is seeking $475 million in damages.

In a press release, the former president said Monday evening that he would file defamation complaints against “a large number” of other media outlets in the coming weeks and months.

Jan. He also said he could take action against a House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol by his supporters on June 6, 2021.

Throughout his tenure, the former Republican president had a strained relationship with mainstream media outlets such as CNN. Tea The New York Times, what he calls “fake news” media (spreading fake news). He continued to rage against them on Twitter and was subsequently banned.