Even before he became President, Donald Trump was no stranger to courtrooms. And he continues to fight a barrage of lawsuits, many of which seem to revolve around the First Amendment.
But maybe the weirdest lawsuit yet has just been resolved: the former POTUS was sued for retweeting a “fake news” meme on his account when he was President.
This has resulted in a “first-of-its-kind” ruling by a New York judge.
Trump made waves when he retweeted a video originally posted by social media personality CarpeDonktum. This meme slammed the mainstream media for being “fake news” and got a ton of circulation.
Cook found a video of a white toddler running after a black toddler and stuck a chyron reading “breaking news” over it. The captions read, “Terrified Todler [sic] Runs From Racist Baby” and “Racist Baby Probably A Trump Voter.”
The video then fades to black, and reads, “What actually happened.” The toddlers run at each other and embrace. A new caption: “AMERICA IS NOT THE PROBLEM…FAKE NEWS IS. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. ONLY YOU CAN PREVENT FAKE NEWS DUMPSTER FIRES.”
Twitter quickly added one of their infamous “manipulated video” labels to the clearly faux meme. And later, the family of the toddlers in the meme filed a private suit against Trump and Cook alleging “the exploitation of the childrens’ image had violated New York privacy and publicity rights law (N.Y. Civil Rights Law §§50 and 51) and was both an intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress,” The Hollywood Reporter noted.
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