Politics Ahead of 3rd debate, Trump again goes after moderator. This time it's NBC's Kristen Welker he calls 'unfair.'
Second presidential debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump canceled
Both campaigns have agreed to appear at the third and final presidential debate, a podium format set for Nashville on Oct. 22, the source said.The bipartisan commission, under intense criticism from the Trump campaign, announced the decision in a statement late Friday, saying the campaigns of both Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden "each now has announced alternate plans" for Oct. 15, the date of the debate.
WASHINGTON – The next (and final debate) isn't until Thursday, but President Donald Trump is already trying to pressure and intimidate the moderator, NBC News White House Correspondent Kristen Welker.
"She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game," Trump tweeted Saturday. "The people know!"
Welker hasn't commented, but plenty of colleagues and competitors testified to her fairness and professionalism. They said she will do great when moderating Thursday's showdown between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden in Nashville, Tennessee.
Five things to know about Kristen Welker, the moderator of the final presidential debate between Biden and Trump
The NBC News journalist, who covers the White House, will be the second Black woman to moderate a debate solo. The first was Carole Simpson in 1992.When Welker moderates the debate, she will become the second Black woman to moderate a presidential debate solo. The first was ABC News journalist Carole Simpson in the 1992 race between President George H.W. Bush, then-Gov. Bill Clinton of Arkansas, and businessman H. Ross Perot.
"Kristen is one of the toughest, fairest reporters you’ll ever meet,", a White House reporter for CBS News.
She’s always been terrible & unfair, just like most of the Fake News reporters, but I’ll still play the game. The people know! How’s Steve Scully doing?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
In addition to the tweet, Trump went after Welker during a Saturday night rally in Janesville, Wisconsin.
"She's extraordinarily unfair, but that's all right," Trump said before launching into a criticism of NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie, who moderated his town hall Thursday night in Miami.
Inside the Right-Wing Media Echo Chamber’s Smear of NBC’s Kristen Welker
The smear campaign against Kristen Welker—who is moderating Thursday’s second and final presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden—began last Saturday with a hit piece by Trump-friendly New York Post reporter Jon Levine. “Kristen Welker, upcoming presidential debate moderator, has deep Democrat ties,” screamed the headline, while Levine insinuated that the longtime NBC White House correspondent, a registered independent, must not only embrace the same politics as her parents—generous donors to Democratic causes and candidates—but that she also allows her parents’ beliefs to steer her journalism.
Trump also criticized moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News ahead of the Sept. 29 debate with Biden, as well as, who was slated to moderate the second debate that was eventually canceled when Trump, who had tested positive for COVID-19, refused to take part in a virtual format.
Scully was later suspended by C-SPAN after falsely claiming his Twitter account had been hacked when he posted a tweet asking Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci how to respond to the president's criticism.
Joe Lockhart, a press secretary to President Bill Clinton, said Trump is trying "to undermine the next debate" by attacking Welker, and there are two problems with that strategy.
"First, ask anyone in politics in D.C., D or R and they'll tell you what a real pro she is,""Second, and this one is for you @realDonaldTrump ... you agreed to her as the moderator."
Kristen Welker: 5 things to know about the moderator of Thursday's presidential debate
Kristen Welker has been criticized by President Trump as "terrible & unfair." Get to know the White House correspondent ahead of the last debate.The NBC News White House correspondent and "Weekend Today" co-anchor will moderate the debate at Belmont University in Nashville (9 EDT/6 PDT). The second presidential debate was axed after Trump declined to participate virtually, following his COVID-19 diagnosis. Instead, he and Biden held dueling town halls , and the former vice president beat Trump in the Nielsen ratings.
Despite his recent attacks, many people have praised Welker's reporting during the Trump administration – including Trump himself.
Calling on Welker during a news conference in Switzerland in January, Trump complimented her for landing a weekend anchor gig on NBC's Today show.
"They made a very wise decision," Trump told Welker.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY:
Majority of voters say Biden won second debate, poll finds .
Sixty-five percent of voters said the candidates were mostly respectful of each other's time, as opposed to 10% who said that after the first debate.Fifty-four percent of voters who watched the Thursday debate said Biden performed the best, while 39% said that Trump did. Eight percent of voters who watched weren’t sure or had no opinion on who did best.