President Donald J. Trump lit into fake news network CNN during a speech at a fundraising dinner Wednesday night, even hinting at one point that he is considering suing the Atlanta-based media company, Breitbart News reported.
According to audio of Trump’s speech at a private Republican National Committee fundraiser at his own hotel in Washington, D.C., obtained by The Intercept, the president is heard calling top members of CNN’s staff “horrible human beings” while he verbally mulled a lawsuit over the network’s many fake news stories.
“Wouldn’t that be fun?” Trump said.
The president also addressed the failing network’s most recent troubles, most notably a recent retraction of a CNN.com story alleging nefarious ties between former campaign official and fundraiser Anthony Scaramucci and a Russian investment fund, in addition to recently released undercover videos showing a CNN producer and a top political contributor debunking the Russia “collusion” and “hacking” narratives.
“Boy, did CNN get killed over the last few days,” Trump says to loud applause.
Earlier this week James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a video showing CNN producer John Bonifield calling the Russia narratives “bulls**t.”
“I mean, it’s mostly bullsh*t right now,” Bonifield says. “Like, we don’t have any giant proof,” he is seen saying on video:
In addition, top political contributor and former Obama administration jobs czar Van Jones is also caught on undercover video dismissing the Russia-Trump allegations, calling it a “nothing burger.”
“The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger,” he says.
“Really?” the undercover media operative replies.
“Yep,” says Jones.
That is here:
As reported further by Breitbart News:
In his remarks Wednesday, Trump referred to the Van Jones tape and asked his audience if he should sue CNN, calling its staff — including President Jeff Zucker — “horrible human beings.”
“Van Jones — you see this guy?” Trump said, then mocked him for calling the over-hyped Russia controversy a “nothing burger.” (RELATED: Obama accidentally exposes Russia HOAX: “No serious person” believes the Russians could “rig America’s elections”)
“These are really dishonest people. Should I sue them? I mean, they’re phonies. Jeff Zucker, I hear he’s going to resign at some point pretty soon. I mean, these are horrible human beings.”
Wednesday’s comments regarding coming shake-ups at the troubled network were not the president’s first on the issue. Earlier in the week he tweeted about “big management changes” coming to CNN:
Fake News CNN is looking at big management changes now that they got caught falsely pushing their phony Russian stories. Ratings way down!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2017
Trump then pivoted back to the possibility of suing the network, which he said has been destroyed by Zucker and other top management.
“It’s a shame what they’ve done to the name CNN. That, I can tell you,” Trump said. “But as far as I’m concerned, I love it. If anybody’s a lawyer in the house and thinks I have a good lawsuit — I feel like we do. Wouldn’t that be fun?”
Trump’s perhaps light-hearted, perhaps serious, threat follows a real lawsuit filed against The New York Times by former GOP vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin last week. As reported by the National Sentinal:
“Today, Sarah Palin took a stand against The New York Times Company by filing a lawsuit which seeks to hold The Times accountable for stating that Governor Palin is part of a ‘sickeningly familiar pattern’ of politically motivated violence and that she incited the horrific 2011 shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords, a tragedy where the gunman seriously wounded numerous people and killed 6, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl,” Palin’s lawyers—Ken Turkel, Shane Vogt, and S. Preston Ricardo—said in a statement.
Filed in Manhattan federal court, the complaint further states that “at the time of publication, The Times knew and had published pieces acknowledging that there was no connection between Mrs. Palin and Loughner’s 2011 shooting.”
The lawyers are the same legal eagles used by former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan to successfully sue Gawker for defamation, to the tune of more than $100 million.
The Times made their discredited charge within days of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and GOP aides being shot by a far-Left activist and supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.