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10 Questions Trump Should Face at the CNN Town Hall

By Mark Jacob

In what CNN apparently thinks is a public service, the news channel will broadcast a town hall May 10 with the presidential candidate who plotted to overturn the results of the last election and incited a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Donald Trump will take questions from “New Hampshire Republicans and undeclared voters who plan to vote in the 2024 GOP presidential primary,” CNN announced.

We suspect that the questioners could use some help in formulating what they ask the twice-impeached, once-indicted former president. Here are 10 suggestions:

  1. What did you mean last December when you called for “termination” of the U.S. Constitution? Isn’t that something a traitor would say?
  2. Name one thing you don’t like about Vladimir Putin. Other than his failure to green-light Trump Tower Moscow.
  3. You’ve said former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a “total disaster,” former Attorney General William Barr never had the energy or competence to do the job,” former Defense Secretary Mark Esper was “weak and totally ineffective,” joint chiefs chairman Gen. Mark Milley was a “f*cking idiot,” former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was as “dumb as a rock,” former White House chief of staff John Kelly was “way over his head,” former acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was “a born loser,” former Defense Secretary James Mattis was “the world’s most overrated general,” former national security adviser John Bolton was “one of the dumbest people in Washington,” and former Vice President Mike Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done.” Mr. Trump, who hired all those people?
  4. What communications did your White House have with the Saudis about journalist Jamal Khashoggi before the Saudis murdered and dismembered him in their consulate? And why did you run cover for the Saudis after the murder?
  5. Last year, you called yourself “the most honest human being perhaps that God ever created.” Are Jesus Christ, the Prophet Muhammad and the first Buddha also in the running? And if so, is it a close competition or not?
  6. Last November, you dined at Mar-a-Lago with Nick Fuentes, a neo-Nazi who participated in the 2017 Charlottesville white supremacist rally. Fuentes has described Adolf Hitler as “cool” and “awesome.” Is Fuentes one of the “very fine people on both sides” you were talking about?
  7. On Aug. 9, 2016, you promised that your wife, Melania, would hold a news conference “over the next couple weeks” to explain her immigration history, including how she got her “Einstein visa.” How come that news conference never happened?
  8. Before you became president, you promised health insurance “for everybody.” But in your four years in the White House, you never announced such a plan. Is it ready yet? Or will it take another two weeks?
  9. When you used a Sharpie to doctor an official government weather map, did you really think you would fool anyone? Or were you simply saying that was the path the hurricane should take?
  10. What did you demand from CNN and what did you get in exchange for agreeing to appear at this town hall? You’ve called CNN “low ratings fake news.” Go ahead, dish the dirt on your deal for this town hall.
Mark Jacob, a former metro editor at the Chicago Tribune and co-author of eight books, is a consultant for Courier Newsroom.