CNN does the after action report on the ABC and NBC dueling Town Hall sessions….
(CNN)President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden were both forced to answer tough questions Thursday night during dueling town halls, with Trump trying to defend his response to the coronavirus pandemic, his embrace of conspiracy theories and his stance on White supremacists under tough questioning from NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.
Biden aims to stay the course
Trump needs a game-changer but leans on usual lines
President Trump on Thursday refused to disavow QAnon during an NBC News town hall, saying he knows nothing about it beyond that supporters of the theory are “strongly against pedophilia.”
Trump was asked by host Savannah Guthrie to disavow the conspiracy theory, after she described it as a theory about Democrats being a satanic pedophile ring.
“I know nothing about QAnon. I know very little,” Trump said. “You told me but what you tell me doesn’t necessarily make it fact. I hate to say that.”…
Trump has previously offered tepid support for the group, telling reporters at a news conference in August that he knew little about it but understands its supporters like him “very much” and “love America.”
Following Trump’s remarks then, Vice President Mike Pence was pressed in a news interview on QAnon and said that he dismisses it “out of hand.”…
But despite fears that the event would amount to a free promotion for Trump’s campaign, it ended up being one of the toughest grillings he has faced as president, with questions about white supremacy, covid-19 deaths and his taxes….
For his part, Trump protested Guthrie’s questioning, saying, “I knew you’d be doing this. … You always do this.” He complained that Biden got much easier questions from moderator Lester Holt when he participated in a similar event held by the network on Oct. 5. “He was asking questions like Biden was a child,” the president said….
Mr. Biden, seated in a chair at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, sought to connect with the voters sprinkled throughout a mostly empty auditorium by making constant references to his plans to confront the major challenges facing the nation, including the coronavirus and school and business reopenings. He concluded many of his lengthy responses by expressing hope that he had answered the voters’ questions….
In his appearance, Mr. Biden also confronted a number of issues that have been challenging for him to address throughout the campaign, including his views on expanding the Supreme Court and his record on the 1994 crime bill. Under questioning he indicated that he would clarify his position on expanding the Supreme Court before Election Day. And he also seemed to briefly acknowledge that it was a mistake to support the crime bill, a measure in which he played a central role, though he went on to immediately suggest the perceived problem came in how the states implemented it…..
Joe Biden should do what he’s doing….
Kamala Harris just spoke to Don Lemon on the subject and countered why don’t we talk about the Federal judges Trump and GOPer’s have approved ?…..None of which are Black…..
Since this IS the second debate?
We’ll be looking for the snap polls…..
Trump needs this more than Biden….
And the talking heads are already chewing on Trump….
Critics piled on the NBC News town hall for what appeared to be a “debate” between President Trump and moderator Savannah Guthrie while the ABC News town hall lobbed “softballs” to Joe Biden.
Viewers who tuned into the Peacock Network expected to hear questions from voters, but similarly to the NBC town hall with Biden, questions for nearly the first 20 minutes of the program came from the moderator.
Guthrie spent much of that time grilling Trump on masks and white supremacy.
That didn’t sit well with many.
“How long will NBC go before giving an actual voter the chance to ask a question?” pollster Frank Luntz asked, who later called the “town hall” descriptor of the program “false advertising.”…..
Savannah Guthrie was very tough on Trump at first (but could have been even tougher.)
They also had a black woman in the audience seated right behind Trump in frame who kept nodding in agreement and giving him thumbs up and another woman who told Trump he was “handsome when he smiled.”
Another thing about strong women and Donald Trump, eh?
If there’s anything we’ve been told over the past five years about Donald Trump, it’s that he’s “tough.”
But conservative media couldn’t get over how “bullied” he was by
for asking him moderately difficult questions.
Well it seems Kamala Harris is indeed incorrect to a certain extent….But correct on another part
Sen. Kamala Harris attacked the Trump administration during the vice-presidential debate on Wednesday evening for failing to appoint even a single Black judge to the federal court of appeals…..
Kamala Harris was not incorrect. She specifically referenced judges on the Appeals Court.
Your statement that Trump hasn’t appointed any black judges was false as was your statement about Kamala Harris.
I withdraw the first part of my responses to CG….
I did research this and post the correct comment from Harris…
Joe Biden does Bill Clinton…..
CNN Breaking News
Biden’s ABC town hall had about 1 million more TV viewers than Trump’s on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. It’s a result virtually no one in the business expected.