Trump threatens to sue CNN, ‘other media’ for dismissing voter fraud allegations

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Former President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that he intends to sue CNN and “other media outlets” for dismissing his claims of voter fraud in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

“I have notified CNN of my intention to take legal action for their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump said in a letter released by his attorney, Jim Trusty.

“I will also take action against other media outlets that have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 election,” he said.

The 282-page letter, dated July 21, was sent to CNN CEO Chris Licht, demanding that the cable news network “immediately remove false and defamatory posts” and issue retractions.

“Disregarding President Trump’s sincere belief in his statements, CNN has published numerous articles calling him a ‘liar’ and purveyor of the ‘big lie,’ the letter continued.

Prior to that, Trump filed dozens of lawsuits after the 2020 election alleging widespread voter fraud in his loss to Joe Biden, though the former president has repeatedly lost trial after trial over his voter fraud allegations. in some cases by Trump-appointed judges. himself.

The letter cites dozens of examples from CNN, many of which relate to the network’s coverage of the former president’s repeated claims that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. He says CNN has frequently used terms about Trump, calling his claims “lies”, “false narratives” and “baseless theories”.

The letter also argues that CNN was quick to call Trump a liar and “consistently fueled a narrative that denounced President Trump’s legitimacy and competence” and that the cable news network treated Trump worse than others. other public figures deemed dishonest, mentioning actor Jussie Smollett, who falsely claimed to have been the victim of a hate crime.​​​​​​​

Some of the articles cited in the lawsuit associate Trump’s rhetoric with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Other references came after the 2016 election, in which comments on CNN by various Democrats claimed that Russian interference played a role in Trump’s election. US intelligence agencies have established that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections.

Various news outlets have consistently called Trump’s claims about the 2020 election “baseless” or “lies,” but the former president has had a longstanding feud with CNN, often calling their coverage “fake news.” “.

“I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our country!” Trump said in his letter.

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