In a move that surprised many, CNN announced on Monday that they will host a town hall with former President Donald Trump. The town hall is set to take place on May 10th in New Hampshire and will be hosted by “CNN This Morning” anchor Kaitlan Collins. The event will see Trump take questions from New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters who plan to vote in the 2024 GOP presidential primary.
Trump is doing a town hall on CNN! It will do wonders for their struggling ratings😂 https://t.co/t9JqUfB5Iu
— Jenna Ellis 🐊🇺🇸 (@JennaEllisEsq) May 1, 2023
This announcement comes just days after Trump slammed the Republican National Committee’s primary debate plan and vowed not to attend any debate hosted by a left-wing media outlet. It seems however that Trump has made an exception for CNN, a news organization that he has long criticized for being biased against him.
CNN. Trump. Town Hall. Next Week. pic.twitter.com/FU3myN5JSO
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) May 1, 2023
Here it is, @cnn committing journalistic suicide:
If there was ONE consensus about 2024 it was that "covering" Trump the way they did in 2016 (handing him live
blocks of free airtime with no fact-checking possible) was irresponsible
And CNN's doing it pic.twitter.com/rZ6oFM7arS
— Keith Olbermann↙️ (@KeithOlbermann) May 1, 2023
While CNN has yet to release many details regarding the town hall, it is clear that the network is eager to have Trump on their platform. In fact, the outlet paused its daytime programming to announce the news to its viewers. This move has drawn criticism from some on the left, including former ESPN and MSNBC commentator Keith Olbermann. Olbermann took to Twitter to express his outrage at CNN for giving Trump a platform.
“If there was ONE consensus about 2024 it was that ‘covering’ Trump the way they did in 2016 (handing him live blocks of free airtime with no fact-checking possible) was irresponsible,” Olbermann wrote. “And CNN’s doing it.”
Despite the criticism from the left, it seems that CNN is determined to give Trump a platform to speak out against left-wing media outlets. The town hall on May 10th will no doubt be highly anticipated, and it remains to be seen what Trump will say. One thing is for sure though – CNN is giving the former president a chance to make his voice heard.