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Trump is making a comeback on CNN, his best enemy

An exchange in “prime time” on a channel that he has often showered with insults: Donald Trump, US presidential candidate of 2024, makes his comeback on CNN on Wednesday evening.

This “town hall”, a televised exchange with voters in New Hampshire, will be his first media appearance since he was found responsible for sexual assault by a civil court in New York.

Before the show, as usual, the former reality TV presenter provided the show. “On the way to New Hampshire. CNN, live, tonight at 8:00 p.m.,” he launched on his network, Truth Social.

Donald Trump in New Hampshire, April 27, 2023 (AFP/Archives - Joseph Prezioso)
Donald Trump in New Hampshire, April 27, 2023 (AFP/Archives – Joseph Prezioso)

The choice of this state bordering Canada for this great ritual of American politics owes nothing to chance. New Hampshire is among the first to hold its Republican primaries in early 2024. A victory in this state would guarantee Donald Trump, currently leading the polls, valuable momentum for the rest of his campaign.

That of CNN, a channel with which he has extremely conflicting relations, is much more surprising.

– “Enemies of the people” –

This exchange is the first that CNN has organized since the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, according to the channel.

Under his presidency, the billionaire had multiplied the outbursts against the media, described as “enemies of the people”.

With special attention to the “Cable News Network”: in 2017, he posted a montage on his Twitter account showing him beating a man, with his face replaced by the channel’s logo.

US President Donald Trump (right) hugs CNN reporter Jim Acosta (left, standing with microphone), at the White House on November 7, 2018 (AFP - MANDEL NGAN)
US President Donald Trump (right) hugs CNN reporter Jim Acosta (left, standing with microphone), at the White House on November 7, 2018 (AFP – MANDEL NGAN)

“You are very rude and a horrible person!”, he also launched to one of the star journalists of the channel in 2018, before temporarily withdrawing his accreditation to the White House.

Last October, the former president even filed a complaint against CNN. He accused him of having defamed him to dissuade him from running in the 2024 election, claiming $ 475 million in damages.

But in a very competitive media universe, the channels need a show. Donald Trump’s antics, whether they shock or amuse, get ratings – CNN has had some of its best scores under his presidency.

“Is this CNN’s comeback? Or just a charade?” the former White House tenant quipped this week.

“They are desperate, and rightly so, to regain these exceptional audience figures,” he said, before urging the channel to deal with Trumpism, according to him “the most extraordinary political movement in history. of our country”, with respect.

The choice to reschedule the tempestuous septuagenarian was however strongly criticized. “Donald Trump tried to destroy American democracy, why is CNN trying to rehabilitate him?”, denounced Michael Fanone, a police officer who had defended the seat of the American Congress on January 6, 2021, during his attack by supporters of the former president.

CNN is also the rival of Fox News, the channel preferred by the conservatives but which Donald Trump abandoned after his defeat in the presidential election of 2020.

Owned by media magnate Rupert Murdoch, Fox News has courted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Donald Trump’s main rival for the Republican nomination.

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