Headline RoundupMay 11th, 2023

Trump Digs in on Election Fraud Claims at CNN Town Hall

Summary from AllSides News Team

CNN (Lean Left bias) hosted Former President Donald Trump at a Town Hall event in New Hampshire Wednesday night, attended by Republican and undeclared voters.

The Details: The interview was facilitated by CNN anchor Kaitlan Collins (formerly of The Daily Caller) and broadcast exclusively on CNN’s cable network. In response to Collins’ opening question, Trump doubled down on his claim that the 2020 Presidential election was rigged, citing “government cameras” that included evidence of ballot stuffing. Collins refuted Trump’s claim several times, but he did not concede his stance.

For Context: Trump was also questioned by Collins and audience members on matters like his current legal battle with E. Jean Carroll and support for Ukraine. Trump was found liable for sexual assault and defamation in the case brought against him just yesterday. The Town Hall is Trump’s appearance on a non-conservative major media outlet since 2020.

Key Quotes: “I think it's a very sad thing for our country… for the world,” said Trump, “We’re at a point now we’re getting so close — let’s just win it again and straighten out our country.”

How The Media Covered It: Outlets across the spectrum covered the same quotes from Trump, and acknowledged Collins’ pushback, as well as Trump’s comments regarding Jan. 6. Washington Post’s coverage was more critical and analytical than the shorter news posts from Washington Times and The Hill.

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