CNN comes under fire for hosting Trump town hall in wake of Carroll verdict

This Tuesday afternoon, CNN posted to Twitter their news story detailing the verdict in the civil case against Donald Trump brought by E. Jean Carroll, where a Manhattan federal jury found that he sexually abused Carroll in a luxury department store dressing room in 1996 and awarded her $5 million for battery and defamation.

But the network was set upon by some Twitters users upset by its decision to host a town hall broadcast featuring the former president on Wednesday. The response to the Twitter post was another example of the growing backlash against the network for platforming Trump — who many say is still a divisive figure who spreads disinformation, mainly about the 2020 election he falsely claims was stolen from him.

“Still doing that town hall then, @CNN ? You should be ashamed,” wrote a Twitter user in response to CNN’s post. 

“CNN is NOW promoting Donald Trump, who is a convicted Sex Abuser, on their Town Hall,” tweeted healthcare advocate Peter Morely.

“But y’all still gonna give him a town hall and platform that horrible imp, aren’t you @cnn?” wrote another Twitter user. 

“CNN: Tune in Wednesday night when we host a prime-time town hall for a man found by a jury to be a sexual predator,” wrote someone else.

Even former CNN host Brian Stelter weighed in, tweeting: “CNN viewers may have noticed that @KaitlanCollins is off the A.M. show this week while she preps for Wednesday’s town hall with Trump — an event that will be even more challenging in light of this jury finding. CNN vets like David Chalian and Mark Preston are helping her prepare.”

Sky Palma

Before launching DeadState back in 2012, Sky Palma has been blogging about politics, social issues and religion for over a decade. He lives in Los Angeles and also enjoys Brazilian jiu jitsu, chess, music and art.