As former President Donald Trump continues to meander toward making an announcement regarding his 2024 candidacy, he is also taking aim at the mainstream, establishment media that seeks to curb his political future.
Trump has long been the target of CNN and others, whose liberal slant saw these infotainment networks declare any number of wild things about Trump. They pushed the “RussiaGate” conspiracy theory for months, followed closely by strange suggestions about his health, before eventually branding Trump’s concerns about election integrity as “the big lie”.
It’s that last bit that has the former President ready to get litigious.
Former President Donald Trump notified CNN of his intention to file a lawsuit against the network for “repeated defamatory statements” in a statement Wednesday.
Ifrah Law, a Washington-based law firm, filed a Notice of Intent ordering the network, under Florida Statute § 770.02, to “publish a full and fair correction, apology, or retraction” in published pieces or broadcasts that allegedly made “false statements” about the former president. The notice warned that failure to issue an apology will result in a lawsuit.
Trump’s intent was unmistakable.
“Failure to publish such a correction, apology, or retraction will result in the filing of a lawsuit and damages being sought against you, CNN,” the document warned.
Trump warned he will be suing other media outlets that have “defamed and defrauded the public” about the 2020 presidential election results.
“I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me,” Trump said. “I will also be commencing actions against other media outlets who have defamed me and defrauded the public regarding the overwhelming evidence of fraud throughout the 2020 Election. I will never stop fighting for the truth and for the future of our Country!”
Trump has yet to make any official announcements regarding his potential 2024 candidacy, although it is widely believed that the former Commander in Chief will make his decision public around the time of the 2022 midterm elections, or perhaps just a few weeks earlier.