Project Veritas video: CNN employee said network’s ‘focus was to get Trump out of office’ in 2020

In secretly recorded video clips released by Project Veritas on Tuesday, a CNN employee admitted his network worked to get then-President Donald Trump out of office during the 2020 presidential election.

The heavily edited composite video centers exclusively on CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester—on seemingly separate occasions—saying on camera that the cable network tried to get then-candidate Joe Biden elected.

“Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn’t for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out […] I came to CNN because I wanted to be a part of that,” Chester said to someone off camera during one instance shown by Project Veritas.

Other statements made by Chester throughout the video include but are not limited to:

  • “We would always show shots of him [Biden] jogging and that [he’s] healthy, you know, and him in aviator shades. Like you paint him as a young geriatric.”
  • “It’s going to be our [CNN’s] focus. Like our focus was to get Trump out of office, right? Without saying it, that’s what it was, right? So, our next thing is going to be for climate change awareness.”

Following Project Veritas posting the Chester video to Twitter at noon, “#ExposeCNN” was trending on the social media site by the late afternoon on Thursday.

Conservatives as influential as Donald Trump Jr. were employing the hashtag in response to the Project Veritas report.

“CNN is propaganda. Pass it on,” Trump Jr. tweeted, followed by the hashtag.

Embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also joined in on the online furor, simply writing “Preach!” when retweeting Trump Jr.’s post.

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