Donald Trump’s social media company, Truth Social, has filed a lawsuit against the Washington Post for defamation related to an article the news outlet posted earlier this month, seeking a total of $3.78 billion in damages.
The lawsuit filed by Trump Media and Technology Group, the owners of the Truth Social site, was submitted on Saturday night in a Florida state court in Sarasota County, where the company is based, and accuses the Jeff Bezos-owned news outlet of libel and slander against the social media platform, claiming that they posed an “existential threat” to the online site.
The suit specifically states that The Washington Post “published an egregious hit piece that falsely accused TMTG of securities fraud and other wrongdoing" and "has been on a years-long crusade against TMTG characterized by the concealment of relevant information in its possession."
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The specific Washington Post article discusses supposed connections with ES Family Trust, a bank that is based in the Caribbean and deals with payments on adult entertainment websites.
The suit highlights how this article promoted numerous false aspects that “injure[d] TMTG,” including discussing the backroom deals with the company and other aspects. The suit noted how this article was shared online with its 2.5 million subscribers and 20 million Twitter followers, causing the misinformation to spread even further. The article also takes note of small Twitter users that still had a sizable audience sharing the lies in the article.
The suit challenges the statements made in The Washington Post article, adamantly denying the claims saying they are “materially false.”
This comes just shortly after The Washington Post won two Pulitzer Prize awards for their coverage last year on the Fox News and Dominion Voting Systems lawsuit, per The Washington Post.
It seems like the attempt by the mainstream media to defame Truth Social may backfire. Trump has been known to take legal action against corporations that defame him as evidenced by the lawsuit he filed against CNN last year, as reported by The New York Times.
Whether or not Trump is successful in his suit against the Washington Post, it is becoming increasingly clear that the media's attempt to usurp the truth and propagate lies are backfiring and Americans are taking notice about which media outlets to trust and which ones to abandon.