CNN just showed how not to do a town hall event with Donald Trump. The rest of the media is still talking about the “right” way to do a Trump town hall. The answer is that you don’t do it. He’s not a 2024 candidate. He’s a criminal defendant who’s about to be indicted for espionage and will be in prison before the 2024 election, and is pretending he’ll be a 2024 candidate in order to defraud his supporters.
Any honest Trump town hall would be centered around exposing that this isn’t a real campaign and he isn’t an actual candidate. It would consist solely of questions like this:
– You’re about to be indicted for campaign fundraising fraud among other things, so why should anyone believe that this is an actual campaign?
– How do you expect to contend in the 2024 election when you’ll already be in federal prison?
I’d pay money to see that Donald Trump town hall, because it would serve to educate the public about the situation he’s actually in. At that point we could all just move past this guy, instead of helplessly fretting over him. It would allow everyone to shift their focus to the real threat, which is that once Trump is removed from the field, the vacuum in the Republican primary race will likely be filled by some outsider whose name isn’t even being tossed around yet, and who will likely be just as awful as Trump but will pretend to be more reasonable.
But if the media were to begin honestly acknowledging that Trump is going to prison before the 2024 election, it would no longer be able to milk narratives like “Trump is more dangerously powerful than ever” for ratings. And the media intends to keep milking such narratives right up until the minute the cell door slams in Trump’s face, at which point the media will pretend that his removal from the 2024 landscape is some shocking development that no one could have seen coming.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report