On Wednesday, 45th President and leading presidential candidate Donald Trump received an instant standing ovation at a CNN primetime Town Hall with CNN Anchor Kaitlan Collins in New Hampshire.
"You've got quite a crowd," Collins told Trump.
Before the town hall began, Trump wrote on his top-rated social media platform, Truth Social, “Heading to the Great State of New Hampshire. CNN LIVE, Tonight, 8:00 P.M. Is CNN making a comeback, or is it just a charade?”
“They must treat MAGA, the greatest political movement in our Country’s history, with respect. I think they will, but we will soon find out? Big long term opportunity for CNN!!!” Trump added.
Amid an 83 percent decline in ratings, CNN announced in a statement last Monday they will be hosting a primetime Town Hall with Trump.
“With the 2024 presidential election underway, CNN Anchor Kaitlan Collins will moderate a live CNN Town Hall with former President Donald Trump at 9pmET on Wednesday, May 10 from St. Anselm College in New Hampshire,” the statement reads.
Popular Information newsletter author, Judd Legum, said, “First, CNN systematically purged anyone on the network who was deemed too anti-Trump. Now this.”
Former MSNBC host and avid anti-Trumper, Keith Olbermann, said, “I think we can say Chris Licht’s conversion of CNN into a political and journalistic whorehouse is complete.”
CNN suffered a devastating loss of primetime viewers during the week of February 27, while President Trump is experiencing massive gains in his poll numbers and ratings.
According to a report, CNN dropped 71 percent in total prime-time viewers, 83 percent among viewers aged 25 to 54 in primetime viewership, and 62 percent in total day viewers.
CNN isn’t the only anti-Trump ‘news’ outlet suffering failing ratings, either. The Washington Post, nicknamed “The Washington Compost” by Trump, has lost a devastating 500,000 subscribers since Trump left office and is considering selling part of its tech business.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the far-left newspaper’s subscriber count dropped from three million in 2021 to now two and a half million, a 20 percent decline.
Vice News, another far-left outlet, is reportedly preparing to file for bankruptcy.
This must be music to President Trump’s ears. In 2017, Trump said, “Newspapers, television, all forms of media will tank if I’m not there. Because without me, their ratings are going down the tubes.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outperformed all other cable news rankings.
According to a “Cable News Rankings” report, posted by Trump, the total viewership of Cable News Rankings on Saturday, March 4, 2023, revealed Fox News’s coverage of Trump’s speech at CPAC topped the ranking with over 1.6 million viewers. Newsmax’s coverage of Trump’s speech also made the ranking with over 600,000 viewers.
Trump also overflowed the venue of CPAC with a huge crowd of supporters that even included the former President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro.
Trump’s CPAC speech was held in the Potomac Ballroom of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The ballroom can hold 5,520 people seated. Trump’s audience was packed to the brim and there were even more people watching from outside of the ballroom.
With polls showing Trump in the lead amongst all potential Republican and Democrat challengers, any potential candidate will have an impossible battle if they attempt to usurp the favorite to win the 2024 nomination.