A U.S. court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by former U.S. President Donald Trump against CNN for defaming him by comparing him to Adolf Hitler.
Judge Raj Singhal of the federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, made the ruling on Aug. 28, Reuters and other news outlets reported.
Judge Singhal wrote, “CNN’s use of the phrase ‘big lie’ in connection with Trump’s campaign claims cannot be said to have implied that Trump advocates the persecution and genocide of Jews or any other group. No reasonable viewer would make that connection.”
The court also dismissed the lawsuit, saying that the language used by CNN was opinion, not fact, and could not be the subject of a defamation suit.
In October of last year, former President Trump sued CNN in court for defamation and sought $475 million in damages.
The lawsuit claimed that CNN used the phrase “Big Lie” in its coverage of former President Trump’s claims of presidential election fraud, invoking Hitler.
The expression refers to a complete distortion of the truth for propaganda purposes, and was used by Hitler in his book Mein Kampf (My Struggle).
Meanwhile, Judge Singhal was appointed during the tenure of former President Trump.
Over the years, former President Trump has filed several lawsuits against media outlets he deems unfriendly to him, including CNN, the New York Times, 먹튀검증토토사이트 and the Washington Post.