(PartiallyPolitics.com) – A Trump-appointed federal judge ruled in favor of CNN’s motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump for $475 million.
Trump previously filed against CNN over the decision to call his 2020 presidential election claims “the Big Lie.” He had claimed that this term was defamatory as it created an association with Adolf Hitler. Judge Raag Singha from the U.S. Southern District of Florida in his ruling claimed that the statement made by CNN was “repugnant” but that it was not defamatory, which is why the case can be “dismissed with prejudice.”
Trump’s lawyers however had argued that the statement “the Big Lie” was defamatory because it created a “false and incendiary association” between Hitler and Trump. The term has been associated with Adolf Hitler’s propaganda strategy and is included in “Mein Kampf” where it states that a lie repeated enough times will become something that people will start believing.
Trump in his defamation lawsuit claimed that CNN readers would immediately have associated Trump with Hitler when it comes to his political future through the use of this term, especially since CNN had not used that term when Democrats had previously challenged the results of elections.
As they point out this difference in treatment exhibits malice towards Trump and it makes it obvious CNN was just putting forward their political views instead of reporting on the news.
As part of the lawsuit, Trump tried to get $475 million in punitive damages and $75,000 in damages. However, Singhal’s ruling claimed that Trump’s claims about Defamation had failed.
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