Report claims CNN allegedly coaching participants in gun control town hall event

In a tweet issued Sunday evening, Laura Loomer said she believes CNN is not only organizing a town hall event on gun control, but is coaching participants in what to say.

“Laura Loomer reports from Broward County, that is not only organizing a gun control debate town hall, but is allegedly rehearsing the event to coach participants what to say before it’s televised,” she tweeted.


Earlier, she tweeted:


“Source tells me CNN will be having a “rehearsal” for their gun control town hall here in Broward County, FL. Why do they need to practice asking questions about gun control? And who are they practicing with?” she asked in another tweet.

“It’s almost like they are telling the victims & students what to say!” she added.


One person responded:

Others responded:


According to CNN:

“Stand Up: The Students of Stoneman Douglas Demand Action” will air live at 9 p.m., ET, on Wednesday, February 21 at the BB&T Center.

So far, Florida Rep. Ted Deutch, Sen. Bill Nelson and Sen. Marco Rubio have accepted an invitation to participate in the town hall. Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he would be unable to attend because he would be working on legislative solutions in Tallahassee. And President Donald Trump also declined a invitation to speak to the students and parents.

“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 said.

The President and governor have been offered the opportunity to participate in the town hall and take questions from the students and the Stoneman Douglas community by appearing live from Washington and Tallahassee, but have not yet responded, CNN said.

Jake Tapper is scheduled to moderate the event, a CNN spokesperson said.

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