Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)InternationalIndiaAfricaMary ManleyThe former president has long been an extreme critic of the CNN news channel, referring to the company as “fake news” throughout his presidency; however, despite all the past trash-talking, he opted to appear on the network for a town hall.Delivering on expectations that the Wednesday town hall would be filled with nothing more than classic Trumpisms to rile his base, former US President Donald Trump gave viewers something to talk about across social media platforms.Much to the dismay of some network insiders, Trump’s appearance saw him speak for more than an hour, specifically pushing misinformation about the 2020 election, as well as investigations into his alleged criminal activity with an additional touch of his efforts to mock moderators – in this case Kaitlin Collins, who he referred to as a “nasty person.”A CNN insider said the decision by the network was “appalling” and criticized the company for handing Trump a “huge platform to spew his lies” on a silver platter.
The fact that @CNN decided to give Trump, the sexual predator, an uninterrupted platform after the way he dragged them for filth (for years), tells you all you need to know about what’s happened to that network. Trainwreck.#TrumpTownhall #CNNTownhall pic.twitter.com/gUd4sSE4QP
— Christopher Webb (@cwebbonline) May 10, 2023
Another network insider referred to the town hall as a “f***ing disgrace.”Meanwhile Trump’s campaigners and advisers were overzealous with how “well” the night went for him. “We want to thank CNN for their generous donation to President Trump’s campaign!” one Trump adviser said late on Wednesday.
Jake Tapper sums up Trump's town hall: "He called a black law enforcement officer a thug. He said people here in Washington, D.C. and Chinatown don’t speak English. He attacked Kaitlan as a nasty woman… he made fun of [Carrol's] sexual assault and many in the audience laughed." pic.twitter.com/NSzVzVEApP
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) May 11, 2023
“[Trump] should literally do this every night,” one Trump 2024 adviser said about an hour into the event. “Nightly CNN hits!”Those who were close to the rally-like show weren’t the only ones to criticize the network’s decision. Netizens took to Twitter to tear down CNN.
Trump on his way to make “fuck around and find out” a reality for CNN. #TrumpTownHall pic.twitter.com/AyiMU0DeJB
— Meara (@MillennialOther) May 11, 2023
The fact that people watched a #TrumpTownHall (on @cnn or anywhere else) is the issue.
Break their political backs. There’s more than enough of us. And turn off commercial news/entertainment media as a starting point for information. It’s not there to do anything but make money.
— Greg Carr (@AfricanaCarr) May 11, 2023
Tonight, in their serious spectacles – @jaketapper and @andersoncooper want voters to know they’re very disappointed in the New Hampshire voters in attendance who enjoyed Donald Trump’s answers. Very disappointed in you all. #TrumpTownHall pic.twitter.com/z6XAvifFJK
— Chris Stigall (@ChrisStigall) May 11, 2023