The first town hall ahead of the 2024 election gave another boost to former President and 2024 hopeful Donald Trump and another blow to a desperate mainstream news network. CNN’s ratings have struggled since Trump left office, and Biden’s presidency has been lackluster. As a result, CNN has been in a panic mode in an attempt to boost its ratings. Kaitlan Collins, a former White House correspondent and current CNN co-host, was chosen to moderate the town hall.
As expected, Collins showed total unprofessionalism by acting as an antagonist rather than a moderator. The job of a moderator is not to fact-check or deny what someone says. However, Trump was able to reiterate his talking points, keep the crowd engaged and laughing, and create a disaster that CNN must now try to recover from.