(NationRise.com) – CNN announced on Wednesday it will host a new town hall event with Republican presidential candidate and former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The network made the announcement after previously holding the same event with former President Donald Trump, which sparked outrage among liberals.
This new town hall event will be hosted in Iowa, which is the state where the first GOP nominating contest will take place. CNN also said that its chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper will be the moderator of the event on June 4th. Finally, the liberal network detailed that the forum will be available for the public not only on the cable network but also via online live stream and on CNN’s apps.
The so-called “Trump’s town hall” caused massive controversy, with many political leaders and journalists blasting CNN. They claimed that the network gave the former president full control of the event and even turned the town hall into a platform where he could disinform. The two aspects that liberals criticized the most were Trump’s claims about the 2020 presidential elections and his attack against Elizabeth Jean Carroll. She had won a civil case against the Republican leader over defamation claims and sexual abuse a day before the event.
With this new town hall, the liberal network is doubling down with live events featuring Republican leaders and US presidential candidates. This is not surprising since the event with Trump was a massive success despite the controversy. After all, CNN managed to attract 3.3 million viewers, representing one of the biggest ratings the network had over the last few years.
According to a recent CNN survey, the former South Carolina Governor has 6 percent of support among Republican voters. This puts her behind Trump with 53 percent, and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with 26 percent.
While many thought she could represent a threat to Trump, it now seems quite difficult she could win the GOP nomination.
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