During his combative town hall event moderated by CNN host Kaitlin Collins last week, former President Donald Trump appeared to become more aggressive as the evening progressed. The reason for this has been disclosed.
During the first commercial break, according to Axios, Trump adviser Jason Miller showed the former president messages from Democrats criticizing CNN for hosting Trump and claiming he was winning.
“Why it matters: Trump, who had been getting miffed at Collins’ persistent questioning, went out all pumped up for the second block,” the outlet reported.
A Trump confidant told Axios: “He was the leader of the free world again.”
The publication continued:
Some of Trump’s aides used to carry around favorable surveys about him so that they could show them to him whenever he became irritable.
Trump displayed a tweet from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) 23 minutes into the town hall (prior to the first commercial break at approximately 8:40 p.m. ET).
“CNN should be ashamed of themselves. They have lost total control of this ‘town hall’ to again be manipulated into platforming election disinformation, defenses of Jan 6th, and a public attack on a sexual abuse victim,” she tweeted, adding: “The audience is cheering him on and laughing at the host.”
CNN should be ashamed of themselves.
They have lost total control of this “town hall” to again be manipulated into platforming election disinformation, defenses of Jan 6th, and a public attack on a sexual abuse victim.
The audience is cheering him on and laughing at the host.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 11, 2023
According to Axios, Trump was also shown a tweet from 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang stating, “This #CNNTownhall is shaping up to be a clear win for Trump, certainly in the Republican field and probably overall.”
And the anti-Trump Lincoln Project, staffed by disgruntled former Republicans, added: “Call this town hall what it is: a CNN-sponsored fundraiser for Trump 2024. Disgraceful.”
CNN: Can you say if you want Ukraine or Russia to win this war?
POTUS Trump: I want everybody to stop dying. They’re dying. Russians and Ukrainians. I want them to stop dying.
POTUS Trump is the president of PEACE. Peace in Europe, the Middle East, & around the globe.🕊️🌎 pic.twitter.com/ZHqJp5SZJL
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) May 12, 2023
Anderson Cooper has on-air meltdown on the verge of tears telling viewers not to watch CNN after Trump goes BEAST MODE during townhall:
“You have every right to be outraged today and angry and never watch this network again.”
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 12, 2023
Trump Triggers the Left after CNN Town Hall. @RealDeanCain with Seb Gorka on NEWSMAX pic.twitter.com/9kFVAR5lJW
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 13, 2023
These responses and others prompted Trump’s advisors to advise him to continue his actions, so he did.
More on this story via Conservative Brief:
Many other liberals sounded off on CNN for hosting Trump for the town hall ahead of the 2024 presidential election and spent most of the night raging and complaining. CONTINUE READING…