Donald Trump is one of the most important political figures of the day and, arguably, the most important Republican in national politics. But many in the media have taken the historic step of censoring him. For that reason, one of our goals is to publish information about Trump that is otherwise difficult-to-find.
The verdict is in-- and it's split! Many observers say Trump "owned" CNN's biased questioner during the cable news channel's "town hall" discussion. Trump opponents expressed unhappiness that CNN gave Trump a platform he's long been denied, via censorship, to answer questions without the media's filter on the front end. And several high profile Trump opponents, such as Rick Wilson, commented that the appearance cemented Trump's nomination to be the Republican's candidate in 2024.
Decide for yourself.
CNN spent a great deal of time off the top asking about the 2020 election and the events of January 6, 2021 at the US Capitol. In the first 15 minutes, one pre-scripted audience question was asked, and it was about 2020.
16:21 Trump rebuts the false narrative that he wasn't telling protesters to be peaceful. He says he started urging peacefulness the day before. He also reads from the statement he issued during the protests.
22:40 The CNN host bizarrely claims, without evidence, "There weren't any fraudulent votes in Wisconsin."
23:10 Trump says he would consider pardoning "a large portion" of the people convicted in the January 6 Capitol riots. "You have two standards of justice to this country...They're living in hell, right now."
24:52 Trump speaks of his loss in the civil case over sexual abuse claims from decades ago, calling it "election interference." "I don't know her...I never met her...her cat was named 'vagina' but the judge wouldn't allow that in... I never met this woman... this is a fake, made-up story...She's a whack job." Many in the audience chuckled as Trump recounted the accuser's claims in his own words. Trump was not found guilty of the rape accusation. Trump says his attorneys told him not to testify because "it's a fake story and you don't want to give it credibility." He also says he's not sorry he declined to testify: "It wouldn't have made any difference."
30:45 "Drill, baby, drill!"
35:22 Debt ceiling question
36:50 Gun rights question and mental health tie
41:00 Roe v. Wade and abortion: "They will kill the baby in the ninth month."
44:00 "People who will kill a baby in the ninth month...or after the baby is born: They're the radicals."
49:00 The illegal immigration crisis
54:18 Trump: the true number of illegal border crossers coming in now will be 15 million
54:50 Russia and Ukraine: "We don't have ammunition for ourselves, we're giving away so much...If I had been president, this would have never happened." "We've given $171 billion, the EU has given a total of $20" billion, even though they are more affected. "If I'm president, I'll have that war settled in one day. 24 hours."
1:05:20 Classified document controversy. (While arguing with Trump, hostess falsely states "Obama did not take documents." She also states as if she can somehow read minds and has first hand access to the information, that when Mike Pence and Joe Biden "realized they had documents, they turned them over."
1:08:25 As the hostess becomes increasingly aggressive, frequently interrupting with misinformation and biased opinions, Trump calls her "a nasty person" to the cheers of some in the crowd.
1:11:00 Election fraud
1:13:38 Withdrawal from Afghanistan
"If I don't win, this country is going to be in so much trouble."
The full recording of Trump's CNN town hall in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday May 10 can be seen at the link below.