Former President Donald Trump took to CNN on Wednesday night in a town hall interview with anchor Kaitlan Collins, and the evening ended with an ominous warning from current President Joe Biden.
Trump, who has not appeared on CNN since 2016, used the town hall as an opportunity to appeal to undecided voters in New Hampshire—a key state in the 2024 election. The interview, however, quickly turned contentious when Collins pressed Trump on topics such as the January 6 Capitol riots and his continued denial of the 2020 election results.
Trump‘s comments about the Capitol riots sparked backlash from Biden, who tweeted a clip of Trump‘s interview alongside footage from the attack, saying, “There were not fine people on both sides of Charlottesville. The January 6th rioters were not good people. End of story.”
Biden also used the town hall as an avenue to tout his 2024 reelection campaign. Shortly after the interview ended, Biden tweeted, “It‘s simple, folks. Do you want four more years of that? If you don‘t, pitch in to our campaign,” accompanied by a donation link.
The evening was a stark contrast between Trump and Biden, with Trump sidestepping many of Collins‘ questions and Biden‘s tweet serving as a call to action for his supporters.
Trump and Biden are the front–runners of their respective parties for the 2024 primaries, and many speculate the two will be facing off in a rematch of their 2020 presidential battle.
Trump and his supporters have been vocal in their claims that the 2020 election was stolen and rigged in Biden‘s favor, with Trump himself posting multiple tweets to that effect. But these claims have been continuously debunked by election officials, who have found no evidence of widespread fraud.
The interview was a reminder that the 2024 election is just around the corner, and the fight between Trump and Biden is just beginning. It is unclear how the town hall will affect voters‘ opinions of Trump in New Hampshire, but one thing is certain: the candidates are already gearing up for a heated battle.