Joy Behar complained on Thursday that CNN had stacked former President Donald Trump’s Wednesday evening town hall with Republicans.
Behar joined her co-hosts on ABC’s midday talk show “The View,” and the episode opened with comments about the former president’s event — hosted by CNN anchor and former White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins.
Sara Haines had to inform Behar that town halls ahead of primaries are usually filled with members of the candidate’s party. pic.twitter.com/9hKH2LpwnY
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“So yesterday, CNN had a town hall with You-Know-Who,” co-host Whoopi Goldberg began in a sing-song voice. The audience laughed, and Goldberg continued by taking a shot at the network: “And for me, CNN showed that they were a ball-free zone. What’d y’all think?”
Behar then said that she wouldn’t have argued in favor of CNN holding a Trump town hall — which she admitted she only supported because she was a fan of the First Amendment — if she had realized that the audience was going to be made up of mostly Republicans.
“I have to say — start this off with — I was wrong,” Behar began. “[Sunny Hostin] said they shouldn’t show him and I said they should, because I’m a very big defender of the First Amendment and I believe that everybody should show who they really are, and let’s vote accordingly.”
“What I didn’t know was that the audience would be filled with his cult!” she continued. “I would like to know if CNN was passing out Kool-Aid before the event started.”
Behar went on to complain that Trump had “trashed” rape accuser E. Jean Carroll during the event, asking whether she could sue him for defamation again — after winning $5 million in damages in her case against him earlier this week.
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“And when he was trashing her, this annoying audience was clapping,” Behar added, once again complaining that the audience had been filled with Trump’s fans. “Why would CNN put only Republicans and people who love him in the audience?”
Co-host Sara Haines pointed out a short time later that town hall audiences during election primaries were typically made up of members of the candidate’s party.