CNN’s Gary Tuchman led a thinly veiled anti-Trump panel discussion following Wednesday’s blistering town hall, which many say cast CNN, President Biden and Democratic policies in a negative light.
With leading questions, Tuchman attempted to prompt a panel of likely Republican voters to disparage Trump and agree that the former president was a liar and unable to move past losing the 2020 election.
After introductory comments framed to undermine Trump’s credibility, Tuchman said: “Trump, we have to be blunt about it, is not a truth-teller. That’s the way he was as a businessman, [that’s the way] he’s been [as a] politician. He has lied about the 2020 election. … stuffed ballot boxes … it’s all made up.”
Tuchman then asked his first panelist: “Does it bother you that he keeps talking bout 2020 and not 2024?”
The question was posed to Jonathan Leslie, 40, a two-time Trump voter.
As Tuchman introduced Leslie, he said, “How do you feel about [Trump’s] lies?”
Leslie replied that it seems to him that CNN is the one who keeps bringing up 2020, reminding Tuchman that the first question CNN moderator Kaitlan Collins asked Trump pertained to the 2020 election.
“So, I feel like part of it’s also the media narrative, as you guys asked him the first question at the town hall about the 2020 election rather than current stuff,” Leslie said.
Tuchman pushed back: “So you don’t think he could say ‘It’s time for me to start talking about 2024,’ and not lies that aren’t true?”
Unfazed, Leslie replied: “Couldn’t the media ask him a question about 2024?”
Tuchman struggled momentarily to regroup and move forward, saying, “Well, there were questions, but you’re right; that was the first thing.”
Before moving on to the next panelist, Tuchman added, “But that’s something that was on our mind, and that’s why it was asked first.”
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