In last night’s much-talked about gun town hall with the Florida students, local politicians, activists, and NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, Loesch claims she wouldn’t have been able to get out of the event safely were it not for security.
“I had to have a security detail to get out,” she said of the town hall event, according to Real Clear Politics. “I wouldn’t be able to exit that if I didn’t have a private security detail. There were people rushing the stage and screaming burn her. And I came there to talk solutions and I still am going to continue that conversation on solutions as the NRA has been doing since before I was alive.”
CNN said in a statement, according to Erik Wemple, “Security was a top priority for us on behalf of all of our participants at last night’s town hall. Our own security personnel accompanied Ms. Loesch from the stage, alongside her own private security, as we did for all of our guests.”
The town hall was the most-watched show last night in all of cable news.
The National Rifle Association has accepted CNN’s invitation to appear in its Wednesday town hall hosted by anchor Jake Tapper, Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action. It airs at 9pm.
The NRA will send national spokesperson and frequent cable news pundit Dana Loesch to represent their interests during the town hall event.
In addition to community members and students, state Representative Ted Deutch and Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel have also agreed to participate.
Both President Donald Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott turned down CNN’s invitations to participate.
“With only two weeks left of our annual legislative session, Governor Rick Scott will be in Tallahassee meeting with state leaders to work on ways to keep Florida students safe, including school safety improvements and keeping guns away from individuals struggling with mental illness,” a spokesperson for the governor told CNN.
CNN Politics is reporting that the network will host a televised town hall with students and parents affected by the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action will air live on Wednesday, February 21 at 9 p.m. ET.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper will moderate the event, according to a network spokesperson.
In addition, CNN noted President Donald Trump, and Florida Governor Rick Scott, along with the state’s Senator Bill Nelson, Senator Marco Rubio and Rep. Ted Deutch have all been invited to participate in the town hall and hear directly from the grieving community.
So far, Deutch and Nelson have indicated they would attend the town hall.
Anchor Jake Tapper and chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate a CNN Town Hall Debate on the fight over taxes at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 28, according to a press release.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will debate Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in a 90-minute Town Hall Debate that will air live from Washington, D.C.
The CNN Town Hall Debate comes as Republicans and Democrats in the Senate are deeply immersed in a philosophical battle over the GOP’s plan to remake the U.S. tax code that may include repealing the Obamacare individual mandate.
TV One’s Roland Martin, who co-hosted a town hall with Jake Tapper during the election season, more than likely leaked questions to Team Clinton ala Donna Brazil, but refuses to acknowledge it.
Martin tweeted out a criticism of Tapper on President Trump’s “lies,” to which snappy Tapper replied, “I’m really not in a place to be lectured by Roland Martin on journalism. And certainly not until he and TV One give a full accounting for how their town hall questions “ended up” in the Clinton campaign’s inbox.”
CNN morning anchor Alisyn Camerota is going to host a town hall event, Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America Thursday, Nov. 9, at 9pm, featuring her former colleague, Fox anchor Gretchen Carlson, activist Anita Hill, activist Tarana Burke, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, actress Jessica Barth, and former Congresswoman Mary Bono.
According to the press release, guests will take questions from Americans across the country who have been impacted by sexual harassment and discuss effective measures that lead to sustainable change in the workplace.
HLN host S. E. Cupp hosted a special about harassment about two weeks ago, which Camerota took part in as well.
Republican Congressman Chris Collins of New York is coming under fire from Democratic officials for his willingness to participate in tonight’s episode of The Messy Truth–the on-going town hall series hosted by Democratic commentator Van Jones — pointing out his unwillingness to participate in town halls with constituents in his own district, calling it “useless,” the Livingston County News reports.
The Democratic officials said, “Mr. Collins has repeatedly insisted he has no intention of holding such a meeting, even calling town halls ‘useless.’ But when invited to appear on a cable television program with a studio audience in New York City that will not represent his constituents, Rep. Collins jumped at the chance. So he may find out what the concerns are of a New York City audience, but he’s still avoiding people in his own district.”
The Messy Truth airs tonight at 9pm ET on CNN.
Collins’ comms director pushed back, and told the Livingston County News, “Congressman Collins saw it as an excellent venue to discuss the very important issues facing all Americans in a substantive manner. Additionally, this will provide everyone in NY-27 the opportunity to hear where Congressman Collins stands on the issues important to Western New York. Hardworking families won’t need to take time off to attend. They can simply turn on their televisions to CNN Thursday at 9pm.”
CNN’s chief political correspondent Dana Bash will moderate a town hall between Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, CNN announced last night during its DNC chair debate, which was also hosted by Bash, alongside New Day‘s Chris Cuomo.
The McCain/Graham town hall will air Wednesday, March 1 at 9pm ET, in front of a live studio audience at The George Washington University.
This is another example of Jeff Zucker’s promise to continue to have politics-based town halls airing across CNN’s primetime.
As the network notes, McCain, Senate Armed Services Chair, and Graham, Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, will discuss key issues facing the country including America’s place on the world stage, U.S. Russian policy, immigration and other national security issues facing Americans at home.
The live event will air on CNN, CNN en Español, CNN International, CNNgo, Westwood One Radio Network and on CNN Channel 116 on Sirius XM.