Washington – “Rigged” election, insults, mockery, provocations: Donald Trump, candidate for the 2024 presidential election, was combative on Wednesday in a meeting with voters live on CNN, the channel the former US president regularly accused of ” misinform” when he was in the White House.
This “town hall”, as this great ritual of American politics is known, marked the former president’s first media appearance since a New York court found him responsible for sexual assault on Tuesday.
The exchange was also a risky exercise for CNN, which has not featured Trump in such a format since his election in 2016. The channel, with which the former president has a contentious relationship, was accused of offering him a megaphone despite his lies. on the 2020 elections, which he lost to Joe Biden.
And, on Wednesday night, Trump insisted again, without evidence, that “what happened was a rigged election.” He would have to be an “idiot” not to recognize him, he joked, wearing his traditional red tie.
The former president, favorite to win the Republican primaries, also did not firmly commit to accepting the result of the 2024 presidential elections.