Former President Donald Trump engaged in a lively and contentious town hall event in New Hampshire on CNN, showcasing his unwavering convictions and taking on a wide range of topics. Throughout the evening, Trump clashed with CNN host Kaitlan Collins, displaying his characteristic combative style. Let’s dive into some of the key moments and policy positions that emerged during the event.
One of the recurring themes of the town hall was Trump’s steadfast belief that the 2020 presidential election was rigged and stolen. Despite facing numerous legal setbacks, Trump remained resolute in his claims. Collins confronted him with the fact that his team lost over 60 court cases related to the election, prompting Trump to assert that millions of votes were found on government cameras, alleging ballot box stuffing. He expressed his deep concern for the country, stating that the events surrounding the election had a detrimental impact on both the United States and the world.
When discussing the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Trump defended his actions and shifted blame onto former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser. He claimed that he offered to send in the National Guard, which was rejected by the two officials.
Donald Trump takes out receipts LIVE on CNN “Let me pull it out” 🤣 pic.twitter.com/M20xVmXAst
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One topic that drew attention was Trump’s potential pardon of individuals convicted in connection with the January 6 riot. Trump expressed his inclination to grant pardons, including to some members of the Proud Boys who were convicted of seditious conspiracy. This stance drew criticism from some of his staunch supporters who expected him to take such actions while he was still in office.
Trump also vigorously contested a recent civil court ruling in New York, where he was accused of battering and defaming author E. Jean Carroll, who accused him of rape. Trump firmly denied knowing Carroll, stating that he had never met her and had no knowledge of her identity.
Throughout the evening, Trump’s command of policy positions remained a key feature. He showcased his economic expertise when asked about his plans to bring down costs and make things more affordable. In response, Trump succinctly replied, “Drill Baby Drill,” underscoring his commitment to tapping into America’s energy resources and bolstering energy independence.
CNN TownHall Voter: “On the economy, if elected again as President what is the first thing you would do to bring down costs to make things more affordable?”
President Trump: “Drill Baby Drill” pic.twitter.com/kmHgB4TE3N
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