Kristen Welker, White House correspondent for NBC and host of the final presidential debate on Friday, Oct. 9, suspended her Twitter account amid partisanship controversy surrounding the moderators and organizers of presidential debates.
Welker suspended her account in the wake of the cancellation of the scheduled debate hosted by CSPAN anchor Steve Scully, reported Washington Examiner.
Scully came under fire after news broke that he used to intern for then-Sen. Joe Biden and recently asked Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci for help responding to the president. Scully then claimed that his Twitter account was hacked. He also raised eyebrows after sharing a New York Times op-ed by David Brooks titled “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.”
Scully is set to moderate the second presidential debate slated for next Thursday, Oct. 15, which was canceled by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) after announcing the debate would be held virtually.
“@SteveScully, the Never Trumper next debate moderator, got caught cold. Pulled out the old, “I’ve been hacked,” line. That never works. His bosses are furious at him as he’s lost all credibility!” President Trump tweet in response to the news.
.@SteveScully, the Never Trumper next debate moderator, got caught cold. Pulled out the old, “I’ve been hacked”, line. That never works. His bosses are furious at him as he’s lost all credibility!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 9, 2020
After the first presidential debate, Fox News host Chris Wallace, a registered Democrat, faced intense backlash for what was widely deemed as bias in the favor of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and against President Trump.
Wallace was called out by critics and even his Fox News colleagues said Wallace forced the president to debate two people during the debate.
“I’m used to it,” President Trump responded to a Twitter user saying, “This debate will be another 2 vs 1,” after reports about Scully emerged.
I’m used to it! https://t.co/HYmS2s4gEK
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 1, 2020
According to the Daily Caller, the CPD is packed with President Trump’s critics or former Democratic donors.
“Majorities of both the commission’s chairmen and board members include people who have either taken aim at the president in the past or donated to Democratic political candidates,” the Daily Caller noted.
Former Republican Senate Majority Leader and presidential candidate Bob Dole expressed concerns on Friday that none of the Republicans on the CPD support President Trump.
“The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine,” Dole tweeted. “A biased Debate Commission is unfair.”
The Commission on Presidential Debates is supposedly bipartisan w/ an equal number of Rs and Ds. I know all of the Republicans and most are friends of mine. I am concerned that none of them support @realDonaldTrump. A biased Debate Commission is unfair.
— Senator Bob Dole (@SenatorDole) October 9, 2020