If you think the fracas among presidential candidates is getting yeasty, you’ll love this week’s brawl between cable news networks CNN and MSNBC. Today, MSNBC announced it will hold a town hall with GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, live on Wednesday at 8 PM ET in South Carolina, moderated by Morning Joe’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.
That puts Trump and MSNBC in direct conflict with CNN’s previously announced Wednesday night town hall, moderated by Anderson Cooper, featuring two of the GOP candidates Donald Trump most loves to shred, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, as well as Ben Carson.
Wednesday’s GOP event is one of two back-to-back South Carolina town halls CNN announced for this week – the other scheduled for Thursday night, also moderated by Cooper, and featuring Trump taking on his most favorite verbal-shred target Jeb Bush, as well as John Kasich. Both nights, CNN is airing from 8-11 PM ET.
CNN trigged this cable-news network warfare when it announced those two town halls, knowing the second would crash the timeslot set for MSNBC’s previously-announced Thursday town hall with Dem presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. With Trump on board, CNN’s town hall is likely, ratings-wise, to pound MSNBC’s, on which that network is partnering with Telemundo, and which is to be moderated by Jose Diaz-Balart and Chuck Todd and will air 9-11pm ET.