A CNN reporter was heckled on live TV by a crowd of Trump supporters in Michigan, amid controversy over the 2020 election.
The journalist was barely audible over chants of “CNN sucks” at the state capital in Lansing.
“Four more years”
Journalist Dianne Gallagher was reporting on the state’s move to certify Biden as the winner of the election, as Trump supporters in the background shouted “CNN sucks” and “four more years.”
“You can tell there are some protesters who do not want them to certify the election,” Gallagher said, as a man with a loudspeaker denounced “lies” and “propaganda” from the news media.
Eventually, CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked Gallagher to hold the microphone closer so she could be heard more clearly. “Can you just do us a favor, Dianne, and just hold up your microphone a little closer to your mouth?” Clips of the segment were shared to social media. Watch below:
Crowd chants “CNN Sucks” behind a CNN reporter live in Michigan.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) November 23, 2020
The vast majority of Trump supporters believe that the election was rigged, according to a recent poll, which found that just 3 percent view Biden’s victory as legitimate.
Michigan’s Board of Canvassers voted 3-0 to certify Biden as the winner of the state on Monday, with one Republican abstaining, over the objections of Trump and his allies, who believe the election was stolen by Democrats. A number of protests have cropped up since the election to “stop the steal.”
Trump, CNN feud persists
Trump has often slammed CNN as “Fake News” and the “Enemy of the People,” and he has feuded prominently with some of the network’s journalists, like #Resistance diva Jim Acosta, over their hostile coverage. Chants of “CNN sucks” have become a staple over the years at Trump’s MAGA rallies.
“This happens at just about every Trump rally. I’ve covered five presidential campaigns … long enough to know this isn’t normal,” he tweeted. “Sometimes I’ll scan the crowd, not for the folks who are chanting but for the people who look back at me silently, letting me know they know it’s wrong.”
To Trump supporters, Acosta’s comical self-importance is just one more reason to mock the network, which in the view of many engages in partisan, anti-Trump activism rather than journalism.