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Four Takeaways From Donald Trump’s CNN Town Hall

Former President Donald Trump took the stage at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, on Wednesday for a CNN Town Hall, marking the official kickoff event for the 2024 GOP primary.

The event was controversial in part, due to the fact Trump was just held liable 24 hours prior after a jury agreed he sexually abused author E Jean Carroll back in the 90s amid other ongoing investigations. Cable news viewers planned to boycott the event with #BoycottCNN trending on Twitter for nearly a week.

In case you missed it, here are four standout moments from the Trump CNN Town Hall, his first appearance on the network since the 2016 election:

Trump refuses to accept 2020 election results, repeating false claims of a “rigged” election

The event kicked off with Trump again refusing to acknowledge the results of the 2020 election, reiterating false claims that the election was rigged. Moderator Kaitlan Collins pushed back, saying Trump’s own election officials said the election was not rigged and he lost multiple court challenges.

“It was not a rigged election. It was not a stolen election. You and your supporters lost more than 60 court cases on the election. It’s been nearly two and a half years. Can you publicly acknowledge that you did lose the 2020 election?” she said.

“They found millions of votes on camera, on government cameras, where they were stuffing ballot boxes. So with all of that, I think it’s a shame what happened. I think it’s a very sad thing for our country. I think it’s a very sad thing, frankly, for the world, because if you look at what’s gotten to our country, our country has gone to hell,” Trump said.

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Trump defends January 6 Rioters, repeating false claims

Collins pressed Trump repeatedly about the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol but the former president blamed then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the lack of security on that deadly day.

“One of the big problems was that Nancy Pelosi — crazy Nancy as I affectionately call her. Crazy Nancy and the mayor of Washington were charged as you know of security,” Trump said. “And they did not do their job.”

“But your acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, at the time, he says you never gave a formal order to deploy the National Guard,” Collins said.

“Excuse me, just the opposite,” Trump responded.

He added he would pardon several, if not all, of the January 6 rioters who were imprisoned.

Collins continued to press Trump, who became frustrated and called the CNN anchor “a nasty woman”.

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Trump responds to E. Jean Carroll verdict, mocking her in the process

24 hours after the decision was handed down by the jury, Trump was dismissive of the findings, saying again he does not know Carroll and called it a fake story.

“This is a fake story. The made-up story,” Trump said. “I have no idea who the hell she is. She’s a whack job.”

Trump then recounted the events of that day as the audience shockingly laughed.

“What kind of a woman meets somebody and brings them up and within minutes you’re playing hanky panky in a dressing room,” Trump said.

Trump refuses to say if he wants Ukraine to win the war

Trump wouldn’t say whether or not he wants Russia or Ukraine to win the war, despite being pressed by Collins repeatedly.

“I don’t think in terms of winning and losing. I think in terms of getting it settled so we stop killing all these people,” he said.

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Collins pressed him again and Trump added that he wants “everybody to stop dying.”

“Russians and Ukrainians, I want them to stop dying,” he said. “And I’ll have that done in 24 hours.”

Stephen Anderson
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Stephen Michael is a Political Correspondent based in the United States. He has reached a global audience with his coverage of the 2020 Election and Trump White House. Michael joins Forward Axis News after spending time with the Project Spurs Network since 2014 and covering reality TV in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

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