“The audience’s regular interruptions on behalf of Mr. Trump were like a laugh track on a sitcom.” – Not far off.
The New York Times reports:
“Donald Trump is still Donald Trump. CNN’s decision to give him an unfiltered prime-time platform was a callback to the 2016 campaign, even as the moderator, Kaitlan Collins, persistently interjected to try to cut him off or correct him. If viewers were expecting Mr. Trump to have moved on from his falsehood that the 2020 election was stolen from him, he demonstrated once again, right out of the gate, that he very much hasn’t.
Mr. Trump later said he was “inclined” to pardon “many” of the rioters arrested on Jan. 6, 2021, after the attack on the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob during certification of President Biden’s Electoral College win. His avoidance of an unequivocal promise pleased people close to him. “A beautiful day,” he said of Jan. 6.
The audience’s regular interruptions on behalf of Mr. Trump were like a laugh track on a sitcom. It built momentum for him in the room — and onscreen for the television audience — and stifled Ms. Collins as she repeatedly tried to interrupt him with facts and correctives.”
In the end Donald Trump refused to acknowledge he lost the last election. He said he’d pardon rioters at the U.S. Capitol. He condoned sexual assault and smeared a victim. He wouldn’t rule out restoring a policy of separating immigrant families at the border or say if he wanted Ukraine to defeat Russia. He countenanced defaulting on the national debt. And he dodged repeated questions on abortion.
CNN argued that as the 2024 GOP frontrunner Trump was newsworthy, but ahead of the town hall . But many were angered by CNN’s misstep and that became evident when .
Rep. Byron Donalds, R-Fl., battled with CNN commentators and hosts Anderson Cooper, Van Jones and Alyssa Farah Griffin after the network aired a live town hall.
“Town halls are for the voters, not for the press or the person who is the moderator,” Donalds said, slamming CNN host Kaitlan Collins for imposing her own views on the public during Wednesday night’s town hall featuring Trump.
Donalds’ wife, Erika Donalds, defended him on Twitter after his appearance on CNN Wednesday.
“So proud of my husband on CNN tonight, interjecting large doses of TRUTH in the middle of their ridiculous biases and rude interruptions.”
The American people aren't speaking about the 2020 election, a liable case after 25+ years, or January 6th.— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) May 11, 2023
They are talking about the price of gas/groceries, fentanyl killing Americans 18-45, crime in the streets, & the fear of WWIII.
CNN's top issues aren't America's. pic.twitter.com/jk4QlHO7L5