CNN Colleagues Jump to Kaitlan Collins’ Defense Over ‘Masterclass’ Trump Town Hall Amid Backlash

Donald Trump described town hall host Kaitlan Collins as a “nasty person” during the fiery town hall, which inspired a “DoneWithCNN” Twitter trend.


Colleagues of Kaitlan Collins rushed to the anchor’s defense amid backlash against how she moderated Donald Trump’s Wednesday evening town hall.

Collins’ CNN co-host on This Morning, Poppy Harlow, praised Collins for giving a “masterclass” in how to handle a town hall on Thursday morning. Collins was absent from her seat on the morning’s table.

Negative reaction to the town hall was swift, with lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, blasting the network and a “DoneWithCNN” hashtag trending into Thursday on Twitter. 

CNN released a statement through its own Oliver Darcy late Wednesday via their Reliable Sources newsletter in which the network called Collins a “world class journalist” who “fact checked” the former president in real time. 

“That is CNN’s role and responsibility: to get answers and hold the powerful to account,” the network said.

Trump used the town hall to double down on election fraud conspiracy theories and mock E. Jean Carroll.

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Kaitlan Collins hosting Donald Trump town hall via CNN
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