Date: August 06, 2022
“Donald Trump is threatening to sue CNN for defamation if the network doesn’t stop using the phrase “the big lie” or saying that Trump is lying about the results of the 2020 election. He sent the network a cease and desist letter along with the threat, but there is absolutely no danger of Trump actually filing a lawsuit against the media outlet, and Farron Cousins explains why that’ll never happen.
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An incredibly agitated. Donald Trump has had his people send cease and desist letters to see it in demanding that they no longer use the phrase, the big lie. And also when talking about Donald Trump’s claims about the 20, 20 election, you’re not allowed to say that he’s lying or he may Sue you for defamation. The cease desist letter says, so Trump post posed the notice, uh, from his, you know, office of the president of 45th, blah, blah, blah. So this is what he said in his statement. I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me. 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. So that was the statement he put out to his supporter saying, Hey, I’m about to Sue everybody because they’re ignoring this evidence that I continuously refused to provide. Cuz it doesn’t exist. Here is from the letter sent to CNN accordingly. I hereby demand on behalf of president Donald Trump that CNN won immediately take down the false and defamatory publications. Two immediately issue, a full and fair retraction of the statements identified herein as a, in as conspicuous manner as they were originally published. And three immediately cease and desist from its continued use of big lie and lying. When describing president Trump’s suggested subjective belief regarding the integrity of the 2020 election. Oh belief about the 2020 election.
Doesn’t say facts about the 2020. It doesn’t say evidence about the 2020. It says, this is his belief about the 2020 election and a belief can’t be a lie. Oh buddy. You just absolutely ruined all of your other legal defenses in any January 6th related case that may come against you. That’s what that statement right there does that. Will I promise you if we’ve got good prosecutors, they will use that against them. Like right here, you said it’s a subjective belief, a subjective belief that the election was stolen, which means you don’t have evidence to back it up. Which means you’re probably guilty if they do bring criminal charges against you. But let’s talk about the defamation lawsuits. I have been one of those people, of course, that has used the phrase, the big lie, both here and over at ring of fire. And on other shows I’ve appeared on I’ve repeatedly said that you were lying about the 2020 election. So if you are so inclined, bring it on. And I’m sure CNN and literally every other outlet out there big and small is
Saying the same thing. Like dude, bring it on because as Donald Trump is well aware, which is why he’ll never Sue anybody. If you file a lawsuit, we get to go to discovery. We get to get our hands on all of those same documents that the January 6th committee gets their hands on. And that’s gonna be fun for everyone involved, not to mention the fact that you are clearly lying about all of this, as I said, and as I have repeatedly said, you, your lawyers, your friends like Mike Linde, you have been given every opportunity on this planet to present your evidence that the 2020 election was stolen. And every time you have been presented with that opportunity, you have failed to do so because the evidence doesn’t exist. You are lying to the public. You are spreading the big lie. And if you wanna Sue any of us, bring it on because not only are we gonna hammer your in discovery, but then we’re gonna hit you with a slap suit for millions and millions of dollars and live happily ever after. So bring it on because this is absolutely the kind of thing that slap suits were designed to prevent. So you will be the one paying out millions of dollars and all of us who get sued. If you ever have the guts to file the suits, we are gonna be laughing all the way to the bank. So bring it on.”