Terrible timing of Trump’s town hall on CNN has allies freaking out

By | May 10, 2023

The Daily Beast reports:

For Donald Trump, the initial plan seemed simple.

By agreeing to an exclusive town hall in New Hampshire with his biggest cable news nemesis—CNN—the 2024 Republican frontrunner was poised for a made-for-primetime clash to delight his followers, set off his critics, and suck up the political oxygen in the critical early primary state.

Just over 24 hours before Trump’s scheduled sit-down, however, whatever hopes he had to ambush CNN turned into what one of his former advisers called “walking into a complete ambush.”

That’s because on Tuesday, a Manhattan jury found Trump to be liable for sexually abusing, and then defaming, the writer E. Jean Carroll, awarding her $5 million in damages.

Trump is almost certain to be asked about the case and the verdict by moderator Kaitlan Collins, who covered his White House for CNN.

“If I were on his communications team, I would be shitting my pants right now,” said the adviser, who held a senior role on Trump’s 2016 campaign and requested anonymity to speak candidly. The verdict, they said, “could not have come at a worse time for them, so I think this thing takes on a whole new dynamic. Majorly.” [Continue reading…]