Trump Calls Out ‘The View’ Co-Host As He Proposes Another CNN Town Hall
Former President Donald Trump has suggested that CNN host him once more for a town hall session, criticizing Alyssa Farah Griffin, a political analyst for the network and a former member of the Trump White House staff who also co-hosts ABC’s “The View.”
The event last month was presented by the network’s newest prime-time addition, current morning show co-host Kaitlin Collins, and was a ratings windfall for little-watched CNN with about 3.3 million viewers turning in, according to Deadline.
In a post on Truth Social on May 20, Trump called the town hall “absolutely lovely” and added that it was one of CNN’s “biggest rating nights in years.”
He also proposed doing another town hall event.
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“Wow! Word is that they are revolting at the ‘View’ and CNN, and want Farrah [sic] OUT! Much more to come. She tried to delete out her words, but we got them ALL. I don’t see how she lasts because this ‘stuff’ shows what a phony she is. MUCH MORE TO COME! They won’t be able to take the Radical Left Heat, just as CNN wants to fire the ‘boss’ because of the absolutely lovely Town Hall they just put on. One of their biggest ratings nights in years, & they are begging for mercy. CNN, let’s do another one?” he wrote.
Then, Trump posted a video of Farah Griffin praising her former employer and describing him as a “great man” and “strong leader for our country.” In the video, the political commentator recalls her first encounter with Trump, which happened when she was working for Vice President Mike Pence at the time.
“Backbencher in the Trump Administration, Alyssa Farah, like so many other sleazebags, had only glowing reviews of the Trump Administration until long after she left. A loser then, and a loser now! More to follow,” Trump posted.
Farah Griffin made the decision to distance herself from Trump during the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, and she resigned from the government as a result. At that time, she has been successful in landing a job as a co-host on ABC’s The View where she presents viewpoints from a semi-conservative stance. As a contributor, she also stays active on CNN frequently.
After the network hosted Trump’s town hall, she defended the decision, writing: “America got to see who he is last night: a ranting, raving lunatic, who sided with Vladimir Putin.”
Trump also shared another video of Farah Griffin in which she criticized the mainstream media for always portraying Trump in a negative light.
“So cool to watch her twist,” the former president captioned the video post.
The majority of the evening was spent ranting and raving by liberals who were outraged by CNN for inviting Trump for the town hall meeting prior to the 2024 presidential election.
New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez flamed CNN, tweeting: “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 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 CEO for Warner Bros Discovery, which owns CNN, also defended the decision, however, when he appeared on the CNBC show “Squawk Box” with co-host Joe Kernan.
“I want to talk about CNN, and I want to talk about the cable news wars and what, former President Trump is going to be on CNN?” Kernan asked David Zaslav.
“Yeah, he should be,” the CEO said. “We have a divided government. Right? We need to hear both voices.”