‘Shameful’: AOC blasts CNN’s controversial Trump town hall

Former president given live platform by cable news network in New Hampshire

Graeme Massie
Los Angeles
Thursday 11 May 2023 17:53 BST
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AOC criticises CNN’s Trump town hall as she brands it ‘shameful’

Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted CNN’s controversial Donald Trump town hall as “shameful” as the former president used the live event to push “rigged” election lies and baseless conspiracy theories.

“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 Democratic lawmaker from New York tweeted.

“The audience is cheering him on and laughing at the host. This falls squarely on CNN. Everyone here saw exactly what was going to happen.

“Instead they put a sexual abuse victim in harm’s way for views. This was a choice to platform lies about the election & Jan 6th w/ no plan but to have their moderator interrupted without consequence.”

The event took place in front of an audience of 400 Republican and GOP-leaning independent voters in New Hampshire on Wednesday night.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez then went on MSNBC where she criticised CNN for allowing Mr Trump to criticise the $5m E Jean Carroll sexual abuse verdict against him.

“I know you said earlier that you will not comment on the platforming of such atrocious disinformation, but I would,” she said on air.

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