In just a few short weeks, the 2024 general election cycle will begin in earnest, with a number of major questions still lingering in the ether at this time.
First and foremost, there is the question of whether or not incumbent President Joe Biden is going to run for reelection – a possibility that has had a great many Democrats feeling a bit squeamish given his horrendous approval ratings and history of failures thus far.
And then there’s the issue with Donald Trump, former President and presumptive GOP nominee for 2024, who continues to find himself on the receiving end of a vast number of political and litigious problems. If Trump does decide to run, he’ll have the entire weight of the Biden administration against him, as well as a vast majority of the mainstream media.
That’s perhaps why The Don is taking a preemptive step in order to keep the coverage as fair as possible.
Former President Donald Trump sued CNN for defamation, accusing the network of smearing him — including with frequent comparisons to Adolf Hitler — to undermine a potential run for re-election in 2024.
CNN has tainted Trump’s image by using “ever-more scandalous” labels to describe him in broadcasts, including “racist,” “Russian lackey,” and “insurrectionist,” culminating in false comparisons to the late Nazi leader, according to a suit filed Monday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Comparing Trump to “arguably the most heinous figure in modern history” is evidence that CNN had “actual malice” toward him — the required threshold for proving defamation against a public figure, Trump’s lawyers claim.
Trump was rightfully peeved.
“The time has finally come to hold CNN responsible and legally accountable for their willful deception and defamatory statements made about me and both, directly and indirectly, my strong, devoted, and patriotic supporters,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
Trump’s constantly negative press coverage has been a key feature of his political experience, but it appears as though all that could be changing…and soon.