Disgraced Trump Sues CNN for Defamation: Another Trump Phony Lawsuit!
It's the same old Modus of Operandi. Trump is suing a media-outlet, reporter, or publisher, knowing he will NEVER sit for a deposition. The former disgraced, twice impeached president knows he has filed many lawsuits that will eventually be dismissed because he will refuse to pay his lawyers or never participated in the discovery required.
Disgraced and defeated President Donald Trump has been involved in over 4,000 lawsuits in his long career as a businessman, showman, and politician, according to a tally by USA Today in 2020.
The case is Trump v. Cable News Network Inc., 0:22-cv-61842, US District Court, Southern District of Florida (Fort Lauderdale).
A casual observer would think that with all the different pending civil suits and criminal investigations, he might step back and avoid adding one to the pile. They are especially considering that some of them, such as the case that the New York Attorney General is bringing against him and the lawsuits filed by law enforcement personnel injured on January 6, 2021, could bankrupt him.
Former President Donald Trump announced that he had sued CNN for defamation, claiming the cable news network has recently escalated a campaign of libel and slander against him because he says the media outlet is worried he'll run for re-election in 2024.
The former president's lawyers said in the suit filed Monday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, that CNN has attempted to taint Trump…
"… with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of 'racist,' 'Russian lackey,' 'insurrectionist,' and ultimately 'Hitler.'"
Of course, Trump has repeatedly opened himself to these comparisons over the past six years. The filing hasn't stopped him from seeking at least $475 million in damages.
In the new lawsuit filing, Trump's lawyers wrote…
"Beyond simply highlighting any negative information about the plaintiff and ignoring all positive information about him, CNN has sought to use its massive influence -- purportedly as a 'trusted' news source -- to defame the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers to defeat him politically,"
CNN didn't immediately respond to an email requesting comment on the lawsuit, likely because its lawyers believe the lawsuit is another example of Trump's using the courts as a press forum.
Trump's reputation for going after his enemies with lawsuits is widely known. Even more widely known is his habit of dropping them once he has squeezed all the publicity out of them. Trump is a serial victim who won't shy away from suing his perceived enemies. This has become even more apparent since leaving the Oval Office, though he enjoyed virtually no success.
For example, his lawsuit accusing his 2016 election rival Hillary Clinton and dozens of others of conspiring against him with allegedly fake Russia claims was tossed out by a federal judge in Florida last month.