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

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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.”
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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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You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @DouglasPBraff.

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CA to provide all low-income illegal immigrants health care at a cost of ‘$2.7 billion a year’

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On Thursday, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a $307.9 billion operating budget “that pledges to make all low-income adults eligible for the state’s Medicaid program by 2024 regardless of their immigration status” reports the Associated Press.

The guarantee of free health care for low-income immigrants here illegally, is a “move that will provide coverage for an additional 764,000 people at an eventual cost of about $2.7 billion a year” adds the AP.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, a health care nonprofit, people living in the country illegally in 2020 accounted for roughly 7% of the population nationwide, or about 22.1 million people. The border crisis and number of migrants entering the United States illegally has skyrocketed to historic levels since 2020 when President Joe Biden took office.

Medicaid nationwide is the current combination of federal and state governments assisting Americans and low-income adults and children to receive free health care, but the federal government does not cover those living here illegally.

“Some states, including California, have used their own tax dollars to cover a portion of health care expenses for some low-income immigrants” reports the AP. “Now, California wants to be the first to do that for everyone.”

“This will represent the biggest expansion of coverage in the nation since the start of the Affordable Care Act in 2014,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, a statewide consumer health care advocacy group. “In California we recognize (that) everybody benefits when everyone is covered.”

While 92% of Californians currently have some form of health insurance, “that will change once this budget is fully implemented, as adults living in the country illegally make up one of the largest groups of people without insurance in the state” the AP concludes.

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