New York Judge Makes Historic Ruling In Trump Case

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.

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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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