Donald Trump praised for suing CNN by US political expert

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According to a Florida court filling on Monday the former US President is seeking punitive damages of $475 million (£428 million) from CNN. Speaking to Mr Dolan said that he was surprised that it had taken Mr Trump so long to initiate legal action given that the New York born billionaire had made legal action a “staple” during his long period in the public eye.

He added that it was “without question” that the property tycoon had been “libelled and defamed”.

Mr Dolan added that the level of bias against Mr Trump by CNN and other parts of the mainstream media was “extraordinary”, possibly motivated by a fear that he might run for the White House again in 2024.

He said: “My only surprise is that it has taken him this long.

“Donald Trump has made litigation, and threat of, a staple of his career over the years.

“That he has been libelled and defamed is without question – the sheer anti Trump hysteria of CNN and the mainstream media as a whole over these last few years has been nothing short of extraordinary, going way beyond anything previously seen.

“It is interesting to note that it is again being ramped up, probably due to the fear of Donald Trump running again in 2024.

“This action will put CNN and indeed the rest of the media on notice that perhaps Trump is signalling that the gloves are off. No more Mr Nice Guy….”

Mr Trump’s lawyers claimed that CNN had attempted to smear the former Apprentice host “with a series of ever-more scandalous, false, and defamatory labels of ‘racist,’ ‘Russian lackey,’ ‘insurrectionist,’ and ultimately ‘Hitler’.”

In the filling filed in a federal court in Fort Lauderdale the lawyers argue that CNN sort to “defame” Mr Trump in order to “defeat” him politically.

They said: “Beyond simply highlighting any negative information about the plaintiff and ignoring all positive information about him, CNN has sought to use its massive influence, purportedly as a ‘trusted’ news source, to defame the plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically.

“As a part of its concerted effort to tilt the political balance to the left, CNN has tried to taint the plaintiff.”

The 29 page lawsuit argues that CNN has a long track record of criticising Mr Trump but had increased its attacks in recent months over fears that he would seek to return to the White House in 2024. 

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It also lists a number of occasions when the network compared Mr Trump to Adolf Hitler.

This included a January 2022 special report by host Fareed Zakaria that included footage of Hitler.

Mr Trump has not yet formally declared if he is going to run for President again in 2024 although he has dropped several hints.

It comes as the former Republican President is fighting a number of legal battles.

These include a criminal investigation by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for retaining government records at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida after he left office in January 2021.

Mr Trump was also sued by New York state attorney general Leticia James last month, who accused him of lying to banks and insurers about the value of his assets.

A congressional committee and the DoJ are separately investigating his role in the storming of the US Capitol by his supporters in January 2021.

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