Ahead of CNN’s Town Hall, former President Donald Trump warned that it could turn into a “disaster for all,” and encouraged people to tune in, according to Mediaite. Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social that the left-wing news outlet made him a “deal” he couldn’t refuse, saying that on the upside it could be the beginning of a new “vibrant” relationship.
The event was moderated by Kaitlan Collins. Many progressives reportedly complained that giving a platform to the former president after a Manhattan jury found him guilty of abuse in a case brought by E. Jean Carroll is not okay. Many also cited the January 6th Capitol riot which they describe as an “insurrection” as a reason not to give Trump airtime.
A popular topic that CNN has since jumped on to criticize was the war between Russia and Ukraine. Collins asked Trump which side he wanted to win, but he replied that he does “not think about it in terms of winning and losing, I think in terms of getting it settled so we stop killing all these people.” He then reiterated the importance of negotiating peace.
But as he spoke, Collins continued to interrupt him to point out that he did not say he wanted Ukraine to win. Trump mentioned that the United States was spending more money than any other European country and expressed his criticism that that should not be allowed to happen. Now, CNN anchor Jim Sciutto is claiming that America’s allies are responding with “outrage and fear” to the former president’s comments.
The 2020 election also came up as Collins hounded Trump for answers. Trump maintained that the election was rigged. The next morning, Rep. Brian Mast told CNN that the federal government was both directly and indirectly involved in the 2020 election via social media companies like Twitter and false labels of Russian disinformation for facts that they did not like.