The Trump campaign has hit back at the choice of the moderators for the presidential debates, claiming some are “clear opponents” of the President.
Debate Moderators From Fox, NBC, C-SPAN
The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Wednesday their picks for the moderators of this year’s presidential debates. Fox News’s Chris Wallace will host the first debate in Cleveland on September 29th, the second debate in Miami will be hosted on October 15th by Steve Scully, the political editor for C-SPAN, and the third debate in Nashville on October 22nd will be moderated by Kristen Welker from NBC.
To nobody’s surprise, Joe Biden campaign’s team were far more complimentary to the moderators.
“As Joe Biden has said for months – without farcical antics – he looks forward to participating in the debates set by the commission, regardless of who the independently chosen moderators are,” said Andrew Bates, the Biden campaign spokesman.
“Clear Opponents Of President Trump”
However, the selection of debate moderators did not impress President Trump’s campaign team, to say the least.
“These are not the moderators we would have recommended if the campaign had been allowed to have any input,” Tim Murtaugh, the director of communications for the campaign said.
“Some can be identified as clear opponents of President Trump, meaning Joe Biden will actually have a teammate on stage most of the time to help him excuse the radical, leftist agenda he is carrying,” he added.
“One thing is sure: Chris Wallace’s selection ensures that Biden will finally see him face-to-face after dodging his interview requests. That is, if Biden actually shows up,” Murtaugh concluded.
The campaigns respond to the announcement about presidential debate moderators. Trump campaign: “These are not the moderators we would have recommended…” / Biden campaign: “he looks forward to participating … regardless of who the independently chosen moderators are.” pic.twitter.com/Qt7n1o2vb4
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) September 2, 2020
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These Aren’t Neutral People!
These “neutral moderators” are never neutral. Chris Wallace, of supposedly conservative Fox, said in December that he believes, “President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history.”
At ‘Celebrating the First Amendment and the Newseum’ event at The Newseum. Fox News host Chris Wallace: “I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history.” pic.twitter.com/2sMGwxi98O
— David Smith (@SmithInAmerica) December 12, 2019
How can you have a fair debate when you have moderators on record absolutely slamming one of the candidates? Surely if you were putting forward a neutral selection, you would at least have partisan moderators from both sides of the aisle!
I suppose one upside from this is that CNN won’t be hosting any of the debates for the first time since 2008! Maybe they were too obviously biased even for the Commission!