Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) escalated the Democrat criticism of CNN’s town hall with Trump, claiming it caused him mental and psychological distress.
Democrat lawmakers and commentators responded with predictable outrage to Trump’s town hall with CNN.
But one Democrat senator took it further than the rest of his colleagues.
Senator Chris Coons of Delaware appeared on CNN the next day, saying, “As someone who was at the Cleveland presidential debate where President Trump ran right over Chris Wallace … I had a little bit of PTSD watching that last night.”
“I can’t imagine why anyone is surprised that they thought former President Trump would be any more normal, would follow any guardrails.”
Coons is the co-chair of President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign.
“I do think this helps define what a general election season between President Biden, who will continue to be rational, normal, orderly president, and former President Trump, who treats the presidency as entertainment and as a wrestling cage match,” he said.
Biden’s campaign used Trump’s town hall performance to fundraise, tweeting a link to a donation page shortly after it aired that asked, “Do you want four more years of that?”
CNN Takes the Brunt of the Criticism
While former President Trump took heat from critics for his remarks during the town hall, his comments were largely expected.
As such, the network that hosted him has taken even more criticism for its decision.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been among the most vocal, saying CNN should “be ashamed”.
“CNN should be ashamed of themselves,” she tweeted. “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.”
According to final ratings from Nielsen, the town hall drew 3.3 million viewers to make CNN the most-watched cable news network of the night.