Former President Donald Trump threatened to sue CNN over its use of the terms “Big lie” and “lying” in its reporting of his allegation that the 2020 election was rigged.
Trump’s notice of intent to sue the network for defamation delivered last week but share by the Trump Save American leadership group on Wednesday demanded that CNN take down, retract and cease using the two terms when speaking of his claim that the results of the election were illegitimate, according to the Washington Examiner.
"Accordingly, I hereby demand on behalf of President Donald Trump that CNN (1) immediately take down the false and defamatory publications, (2) immediately issue a full and fair retraction of the statements identified herein in as conspicuous a manner as they were originally published, and (3) immediately cease and desist from its continued use of 'Big Lie' and 'lying' when describing President Trump’s subjective belief regarding the integrity of the 2020 election," said the letter from Trump's lawyers to CNN CEO Chris Licht and CNN Executive Vice President and General Counsel David Vigilante.
The letter detailed included multiple examples of articles and on air comments related to the election in which it alleged Trump was defamed.
"I have notified CNN of my intent to file a lawsuit over their repeated defamatory statements against me," Trump said in a statement. "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 also threatened to sue other news outlets over their coverage of his election claims.