Donald Trump is such a milquetoast when it comes to handling criticism. He can dish it out in spades but lashes out at whenever the chiding comes his way. When he was a child, he must have been one of those who was ugly to other kids but ran home to tell his mommy that they were being mean to them. Now, he runs to his attorneys.
The president’s reelection campaign sued a television station for “defamation of character” when it aired an ad by a liberal Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA. Trump’s lawsuit accused the NBC affiliate WJFW-NBC of Rhineland, WI of an improper action. According to The Business Insider, the suit claimed a grievance that:
‘[P]erpetrated a fraud on the public by recklessly broadcasting [Priorities USA’s] defamatory and false advertisement, which WJFW-NBC knew or should have known was produced through the use of technology that depicted a clearly false statement.’
Senior legal adviser to the Trump campaign Jenna Ellis released a statement that included a real word “falsity:”
‘It is disappointing that WJFW-NBC would knowingly continue to broadcast this blatantly false ad and perpetrate falsehoods on the American people, even after the Trump campaign provided proof in good faith of the ad’s falsity.’
The statement continued:
‘We fully expected the station would recognize their error and immediately cease under their [Federal Communications Commission] obligations. The Trump campaign is now left with no other option than to use the force of law to ensure these false and defamatory ads cease. Defamation law helps ensure that news outlets are accountable to viewers, who should be able trust the accuracy and truth of content aired to the public.’
The ad in question spliced together several of Trump’s audio clips. As he made light of the virus, the ad showed a graphic depicting the number of COVID-19 cases on the increase. The president said this in the ad:
‘The coronavirus, this is their new hoax. We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear. When you have 15 people and within a couple of days is gonna be down to close to zero. We really think we’ve done a great job in keeping it down to a minimum. I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand. No, I don’t take responsibility.’
Some fact-checkers claimed that Trump calling coronavirus “a hoax” was just part of his quote. However, that is debatable. Another fact-checker called the results “mixed.” In the full quote, POTUS was saying that Democrats tried to make the virus political. In February, he said:
‘Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs. You say, ‘How’s President Trump doing?’ ‘Oh, nothing, nothing.’ They have no clue. They don’t have any clue. … And this is their new hoax. But you know we did something that’s been pretty amazing.’
Strategist for Priorities, USA Josh Schwerin told The Hill this earlier:
‘Our ad uses a series of Trump’s own words to show that he downplayed the threat of the pandemic even as the infection spread. We stand by the facts in the ad, and every TV station has agreed that the Trump campaign’s complaints fall flat. Holding our elected officials accountable is critical when they are falling down on the job, and we will continue to do that.’
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