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CNN town hall audience laughs at sexual assault as Trump reminds us how awful he is

Donald Trump took full advantage of CNN’s willingness to give him a platform Wednesday night, spouting lies faster than a sprinkler on a cocaine bender and giving Americans a reminder — as if they needed one — of how deplorable he and his supporters can be.

Sexual abuse, like the kind a jury just found Trump liable of? That’s a laugh line for these folks. Literally. They laughed during CNN’s town hall as Trump continued to likely defame E. Jean Carroll, the woman he was just found liable of defaming.

The Jan. 6 domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol? Trump said he’ll swiftly pardon most of the now-imprisoned attackers, possibly even some of the Proud Boys who were convicted of seditious conspiracy, because they’re “great people.” And that brought applause from the crowd.

Donald Trump used CNN town hall to lie and lie, then lie some more

A rat-a-tat-tat string of lies about the “rigged election”? The crowd chuckled.

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A lie about “finishing” the border wall he barely started? You know, the one Mexico didn’t pay for. The crowd applauded.

Lie, lie, lie, lie, lie. Laugh, applaud, chuckle, clap, cheer.

E. Jean Carroll, center, walks out of Manhattan federal court, Tuesday, May 9, 2023, in New York. A jury has found Donald Trump liable for sexually abusing the advice columnist in 1996, awarding her $5 million in a judgment that could haunt the former president as he campaigns to regain the White House. E. Jean Carroll, a New York-based advice columnist, sued Donald Trump in civil trial alleging Trump raped her in a luxury New York department store dressing room in the 1990s.

CNN effectively gave America a primetime Trump rally with fewer people selling offensive T-shirts outside. And for anyone who grew weary of Trump’s reflexive dishonesty and bullheaded cruelty while he was president, Wednesday night brought back nauseating memories, as well as a preview of how little has changed.

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Trump remains Trump, and the Republican Party remains enthralled by him

This is Trump. This is also the Republican Party right now. Trump leads in GOP presidential primary polls by about 30 points, and there’s little sign the party is ready to move in a more sane direction. Most Republicans in Congress, when asked this week about the outcome of the Carroll battery and defamation case, couldn’t muster a criticism.

Donald Trump found liable for sexual abuse, battery in E. Jean Carroll case
Donald Trump found liable for sexual abuse, battery in E. Jean Carroll case

GOP Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama said the verdict against Trump “makes me want to vote for him twice.”

Who says something like that? A Trump Republican does.