The $475 million lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, alleges the cable network waged a campaign of “defamation and slander” against the former president and used his influence as a news outlet “in an effort to defeat him politically”.
The lawsuit also names on-air personalities on CNN and said it used the term “the big lie” – a term associated with Nazi Germany – to refer to Trump’s repeated false insistence that the election of 2020 were fraudulent.
Although Trump announced its intention to sue the network earlier this summer, former skeptics noted that he might threaten legal action over other people’s words, but rarely files them – likely because the discovery process could force him to answer awkward questions under oath.
Additionally, libel suits can be difficult to win, especially if a media outlet can prove that allegedly defamatory statements are actually true.
Unsurprisingly, news of the lawsuit drew plenty of teasing on Twitter, including from notable Trump critics.