Rhetorical Hyperbole: Stormy Daniels’ Claim of Defamation Against Trump Dismissed

In his 14 page opinion as a minute order in Cliffords v. Trump, the federal judge dismissed the claim of Stormy Daniels (a/k/a Stephanie Clifford) against President Trump for defamation. The complaint alleged that Trump “made his statement either knowing it was false, had serious doubts about the truth of his statement, or made the statement with reckless disregard for its truth or falsity.” The judge, however, found “Mr. Trump’s statement constituted ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ that is protected by the First Amendment.”

H/T to Constitutional Law Prof Blog

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