Judge Dismisses Trump’s $475 Million Defamation Suit Against CNN

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A federal judge has dismissed former President Donald J. Trump’s $475 million defamation lawsuit against CNN. The judge ruled that all the statements made by CNN that Trump cited were opinions, and therefore, Trump could not sue for defamation. Trump had filed the lawsuit in October, alleging that CNN engaged in a campaign to defame and slander him because they feared he would run again for president in 2024. He claimed that the network’s use of the phrase “the big lie” in relation to his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election was equivalent to comparing him to Adolf Hitler and Nazism.

Judge Raag Singhal, who was nominated to the District Court by Trump in 2019, dismissed the suit, stating that CNN’s use of the phrase did not imply that Trump advocated for the persecution or genocide of any group of people. The judge further added that while Nazi references in political discourse are repugnant, they do not amount to defamation when they don’t include false statements of fact.

The lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, meaning that Trump cannot file another lawsuit on the same grounds. CNN declined to comment on the ruling. However, a spokesman for Trump’s presidential campaign, Steven Cheung, stated that they agreed with the judge’s findings and believed that CNN would be held responsible for their mistreatment of Trump and his supporters. It is worth noting that Trump has a history of filing lawsuits against news organizations, such as The New York Times, when he perceives their coverage to be critical.

This ruling signifies a setback for Trump in his ongoing legal battles against media organizations. While he believes that these organizations have subjected him to unfair treatment, the court has found that their statements are protected as opinions and not defamatory. As the 2024 presidential election approaches, it remains to be seen how Trump will navigate his relationship with the media and whether he will continue to pursue legal action against those he believes have wronged him.

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