As the 2024 election cycle looms just past November here in the United States, there is quite a bit of backstage posturing occurring even at this early moment.
We see hopefuls like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis reaching out to megadonors, while overzealous Democrats like California Governor Gavin Newsom claim that they’ll be running the minute Joe Biden says he’s out.
And now we have Donald Trump lashing out with some preemptive litigation that seeks to keep the media from defaming him once he officially hits the campaign trail.
Former President Donald Trump sued CNN for defamation, accusing the network of smearing him — including with frequent comparisons to Adolf Hitler — to undermine a potential run for re-election in 2024.
CNN has tainted Trump’s image by using “ever-more scandalous” labels to describe him in broadcasts, including “racist,” “Russian lackey,” and “insurrectionist,” culminating in false comparisons to the late Nazi leader, according to a suit filed Monday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The former President was not playing around.
Comparing Trump to “arguably the most heinous figure in modern history” is evidence that CNN had “actual malice” toward him — the required threshold for proving defamation against a public figure, Trump’s lawyers claim.Advertisement - story continues below
Trump, who has long clashed with CNN over its reports on his behavior and policies, is seeking at least $475 million in damages.
And that wasn’t all:
“The time has finally come to hold CNN responsible and legally accountable for their willful deception and defamatory statements made about me and both, directly and indirectly, my strong, devoted, and patriotic supporters,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
Trump has been no stranger to media malice, but it appears as though he’s no longer going to abide by it.