A federal judge has dismissed a $475 million defamation lawsuit that Donald Trump filed against CNN. The judge ruled that CNN’s use of the phrase “Big Lie” to describe Trump’s claim that the 2020 election was stolen was opinion, not a false statement of fact.
Trump had alleged that CNN’s use of the phrase associated him with Adolf Hitler, who used the term to describe his false claims about the extent of his support in Germany. However, the judge said that CNN’s statements were not factually false and therefore were not actionable.
This is the latest in a series of legal setbacks for Trump. He is also facing criminal charges in New York and Florida, and he is bracing for indictment in separate state and federal investigations into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
Trump’s Relationship with CNN
Trump had a caustic relationship with CNN and other major news outlets during his presidency. He repeatedly branded them “fake news” and raged against them on social media.
In his defamation complaint, Trump said that CNN’s use of the phrase “Big Lie” was a “deliberate effort to propagate to its audience an association between the plaintiff and one of the most repugnant figures in modern history.”
The Future for Trump
Trump is still facing several legal challenges. He is scheduled to go on trial in Florida in May on charges of mishandling top-secret government documents. He also faces dozens of felony charges in a case involving hush money payments to a porn star in New York.
In addition, Trump is bracing for indictment in separate state and federal investigations into his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.
It remains to be seen how these legal challenges will affect Trump’s political future. However, dismissing his defamation lawsuit against CNN is a setback for the former president.