Trump claims CNN staff are in revolt and lashes out at The View’s Alyssa Farah Griffin
Donald Trump claims that CNN employees are revolting and want his former staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin fired because ‘they can’t take the radical left heat’ after she appeared to praise the network’s decision to have the former president on a controversial Town Hall.
Griffin formerly worked in the Trump administration as the director of strategic communications and has since become one of the Republican frontrunner’s sternest critics.
The former White House staffer also serves as one of the co-hosts of the liberal talk show The View on ABC.
Griffin spoke out defending CNN’s controversial Town Hall which was hosted by Kaitlin Collins – but only because it ‘lost votes’ for Trump and exposed him as ‘radioactive for independents and moderates’ in her estimation.
‘Wow! Word is that they are revolting at the ‘View’ and CNN, and want Farrah OUT! Much more to come,’ Trump posted on his TruthSocial platform on Saturday night.
Donald Trump has lashed out at his former White House staffer Alyssa Farah Griffin, calling her a ‘loser’ and a ‘backbencher’ in a post on his Truth Social network
Griffin, Trump’s former director of strategic communications, is now a co-host of ABC’s The View and a political commentator for CNN, and has heaped scorn on her former boss.
Trump then referred back to a previous interview that Griffin did while he was still in the Oval Office in which she heaped praise on the 76-year-old.
He used that footage to call her a ‘phony’ in light of her more recent criticisms adding that there was ‘much more to come.’
Trump went on to say that he believes management would cave in to their staff and fire Griffin because “they can’t take the left heat.”
He compared her situation to that of CNN CEO Chris Licht, who has taken the brunt of the criticism for the Town Hall.
‘Just as CNN wants to fire the ‘boss’ because of the absolutely lovely Town Hall they just put on. One of their biggest ratings nights in years, & they are begging for mercy. CNN, let’s do another one?,’ Trump wrote.
Following Trump’s town hall, Griffin had said that it was good for CNN to have him as a guest but that it would have a negative impact on the former Apprentice host’s 2024 prospects.
‘America got to see who he is last night: a ranting, raving lunatic, who sided with Vladimir Putin,’ Griffin said of her former boss.
Trump fired back, sharing a video of Griffin gushingly praising him while she worked in the White House, claiming without evidence that execs at CNN and The View were under pressure from ‘radical left’ staffers to fire Griffin.
‘Backbencher in the Trump Administration, Alyssa Farah, like so many other sleazebags, had only glowing reviews of the Trump Administration until long after she left. A loser then, and a loser now!,’ wrote Trump in his Truth Social post.
‘She tried to delete out her words, but we got them ALL. I don’t see how she lasts because this ‘stuff’ shows what a phony she is,” added Trump, apparently referring to the video he earlier shared of Griffin praising him.
‘One of their biggest ratings nights in years, & they are begging for mercy. CNN, let’s do another one?’ Trump concluded.
At CNN, the internal controversy over the May 10 town hall has spilled over into public, with some of the network’s top personalities loudly criticizing the decision to interview Trump in front of an audience of his cheering fans.
Moderator Kaitlan Collins was given ‘an impossible task’ according to her colleagues, who are now furious with bosses
In an internal call with CNN staff members last week, Licht noted that the people in the town hall audience represented a large swath of America.
‘The mistake the media made in the past is ignoring that those people exist,’ he said. ‘Just like you cannot ignore that President Trump exists.’
Earlier this week, veteran correspondent Christiane Amanpour became the most prominent CNN journalist to publicly criticize her network over the town hall.
Amanpour told a group of graduating students at Columbia University’s graduate school of journalism on Wednesday that she would have “dropped the mic at a “nasty person,” a reference to when Trump lobbed that insult at moderator Kaitlan Collins.
She criticized CNN for hosting Trump at the live event in New Hampshire, where the 2024 presidential candidate repeated lies about the last election before a mostly adoring audience.
Licht has defended the town hall as newsworthy and important, and Amanpour said she had a “robust discussion” with him about it.
Everyone knows Trump tries to seize the stage and dominate at such events, said Amanpour, the chief international correspondent who has worked at CNN for 40 years.
‘No matter how much flak the moderator tries to aim at the incoming, it doesn’t work,’ she said.
During the infamous appearance, Trump repeated a slur he used often on the 2016 campaign trail when he referred to Collins, the new anchor of the network’s 9pm slot, as ‘nasty.’
In a back-and-forth about the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, Trump and Collins were talking over each other and Trump at one point declared: ‘You’re so wrong. You don’t know the subject.
‘I do know the subject,’ she retorted.
The special aired the day after Trump was ordered to pay E. Jean Carroll $5 million in damages.
Trump faced aggressive questioning from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins
The jury rejected her claim of rape and instead found Trump liable for a lesser degree of sexual abuse, which Trump denied, saying he never encountered Carroll at a 1996 department store and did not know her.
Trump, when asked by Collins about the verdict, said his poll numbers went up and repeated his statements that he didn’t know Carroll, though at least one photograph has surfaced of them together.
‘I don’t know her. I never met her. I had no idea who she is,’ he said.
Trump launched into a recounting of Carroll’s claims in a mocking voice, drawing laughs and claps from the live audience.
Collins tried to interrupt but Trump continued and called it ‘a fake story’ and referred to Carroll as ‘a wack job.’
She asked Trump about his comments in the infamous ‘Access Hollywood’ video in which he bragged about grabbing women’s genitals without asking permission.
The video was played at the trial and Collins asked him Wednesday if he stood by his remarks.
People protest outside a building on the campus of Saint Anselm College hosting a CNN televised town hall gathering with former President Donald Trump
Trump supporters outside the hall where the town hall will take place
Trump defended his comments, saying he had told women let him grab their genitals without permission because he was a star. ‘I can’t take that back because it happens to be true,’ he said.
He repeated his lies about the 2020 presidential election and his unfounded claims of election fraud.
Striking a more muted tone than he usually uses onstage before his cheering supporters, Trump called it a ‘rigged election’ and a ‘shame’ before Collins cut him off, correcting his statements and asking him to publicly acknowledge his loss to Biden.
Trump did not, immediately returning to his false claims. As Collins continued to try to fact-check Trump, he interrupted again, calling for honest elections and then pivoting to other subjects like immigration.
He came back to his claims at other points in the town hall, sprinkling the lie into answers on unrelated subjects and prompting Collins to interrupt him and correct him.
Donald Trump and CNN’s Kaitlan Collins at the start of the town hall
Trump had until then largely avoided sitting for any tough questioning about the lies he spread about his 2020 election loss that spurred the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
The former president boasted about the size of the crowd he spoke to before some began marching on the Capitol and said the attendees believed the election was ‘rigged’.
‘They were there proud. They were there with love in their heart. That was unbelievable and it was a beautiful day,’ Trump said.
Collins pressed Trump on why he didn’t ask his supporters to leave the Capitol or send help to disperse the protesters, and he deflected, trying to cast blame on then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
He at one point pulled out printed copies of his Twitter posts that day in which he finally, hours after the attack on the Capitol began, asked his supporters to leave the Capitol.
He said he was inclined, if elected president again, to pardon many of those convicted for their roles in the Jan. 6 attack. More than 1,000 people have been charged and more than 600 have been convicted so far.