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Impeachment witness Vindman says he “should have sued Trump proxies” and right-wing media

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Retired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified within the first impeachment trial of former President Trump, stated Monday he “should have sued those who amplified his campaign of defamation.”

Driving the information: In an op-ed for Lawfare, titled “Can Litigation Help Deradicalize Right-Wing Media?,” Vindman wrote, “After I testified about then-President Trump’s misconduct on Ukraine before the House impeachment inquiry, Trump and his allies targeted me and my family for retribution.”

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  • He stated “Trump proxies amplified these themes on television news, internet news, and social media, resulting in risks to my life and my reputation as a public servant, and that he “didn’t reply forcefully to the threats and defamation.”

Of note: Some First Amendment advocates worry that defamation lawsuits can be used as a vehicle to silence the press. And Vindman notes in his op-ed that the First Amendment “gravely limits the obtainable instruments to hunt accountability for the right-wing media.”

  • “Nevertheless, there are methods to dismantle the right-wing ecosystem of disinformation, an ecosystem that doesn’t start with rebellion however with extra mundane lies,” he added.

  • “Like the various political elites driving rebellion to advance their political goals, the right-wing media can also be motivated by a bottom-line calculation: viewers, market share and promoting {dollars}.”

Our thought bubble, through Axios’ Sara Fischer: Defamation lawsuits and threats in opposition to Fox and different conservative personalities and networks have up to now confirmed considerably efficient in squashing election fraud hoaxes.

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