The second presidential debate moderator on Thursday, Oct. 8, ignited backlash after asking former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci what to do about President Donald Trump.

“@Scaramucci should I respond to Trump,” CSPAN’s Steve Scully tweeted.

Scully is set to moderate the second presidential debate. After the news broke, he has come under fire that he used to intern for then-Senator Joe Biden, who is now the Democratic presidential nominee.

It’s unclear what Scully was referencing in the tweet, but it raised questions about his impartiality. 

“What? Why is the next presidential debate moderator publicly asking one of Trump’s staunchest critics in Anthony Scaramucci if he should respond to the president? In a related story, Scully once interned for Sen. Joe Biden. Optics here are horrible & underscore mistrust is [in] media,” The Hill reporter Joe Concha tweeted. 

“Former Biden intern and second POTUS debate moderator Steve Scully of C-SPAN appears to be coordinating with Trump hater Anthony Scaramucci, whom Trump fired, about how to attack Trump. Not a great indicator of impartiality heading into the next debate,” The Federalist’s Sean Davis wrote.

Donald Trump Jr. reacted to the tweet: “Are you kidding me. Steve Scully, the former Biden intern and moderator of the next debate, thinks he’s DMing … but he’s doing it out loud. Yea, totally not a setup. Journalism is dead.”

The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Thursday that the debate on Oct. 15 would be held virtually due to coronavirus (Chinese Communist Party (CCP Virus)) concerns. President Trump said he wouldn’t waste his time participating.

“I’m not going to do a virtual debate,” President Trump said during an interview with Fox News. “I’m not going to waste my time on a virtual debate. That’s not what debating is all about. You sit behind a computer and do a debate. It’s ridiculous. And then they cut you off whenever they want. I have a host, who I always thought was a nice guy, but I see he’s a never-Trumper, you know, came out that he’s a never-Trumper.”

White House physician Sean Conley expected to clear the president to resume his normal activities by Saturday, five days before the scheduled second debate.

Scaramucci responded to Scully’s tweet, “Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down.”

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