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Outside the political class, it seems everyone on the right understands that the deck is stacked against Republican candidates during presidential debates, regardless of how hard the Commission on Presidential Debates works to hide the bias.
It doesn’t help matters for the commission when their chosen impartial moderators are busted consorting with notoriously anti-Trump personalities ahead of scheduled debates.
C-SPAN political editor Steve Scully appeared to make a major blunder Thursday evening while trying to communicate with Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director for President Donald Trump, who has since gone over to the #Resistance and now backs Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
In a tweet that was widely seen as an intended direct message, Scully tagged Mooch while asking, “should I respond to trump.”
*Update Scully’s tweet appears to have been deleted since the publishing of this article. A screenshot can be seen below:
It also appears that Scully’s entire Twitter account was temporarily down:
C-SPAN's Steve Scully — the next presidential debate moderator — has deleted tweet asking staunch Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci if he should respond to Trump. That original message appears (not confirmed) to be a DM accidentally sent as Tweet. Account was down- now back up. https://t.co/awaEvm4OFs
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 9, 2020
The suggestion is that he “nuked” his entire account not being sure how to delete the tweet — though it’s back up, minus the tweet.
He's back and officially figured out how to delete the tweet alone. Lmao pic.twitter.com/oDvdE2uw0w
— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) October 9, 2020
Either way, the trouble here is that Scully had been tapped to moderate next week’s planned town hall event featuring Trump and Biden — the president backed out on the event when the body unilaterally decided to make it a virtual event, which many see as favoring Biden.
Yikes, dude. This isn’t a DM. This is public twitter.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) October 9, 2020
The decision is made because Trump had contracted COVID-19, although White House physician Dr. Sean Conley said Thursday that the president has completed his treatments and should be able to resume “public engagements” on Saturday.
An attention junkie, Scaramucci was only too glad to exploit Scully’s apparent blunder by advising him not to respond, while dropping an ominous warning of “bad stuff about to go down.”
Ignore. He is having a hard enough time. Some more bad stuff about to go down. https://t.co/cMphfQJELL
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) October 9, 2020
The very public exchange caught everybody’s attention, including Donald Trump Jr.
The president’s eldest son and namesake won the internet when he tweeted: “Makes me want to see Chris Wallace’s DM’s.”
Makes me want to see Chris Wallace’s DMs https://t.co/J2P3PMQ2V5
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 9, 2020
Make no mistake, the question of why Scully would be conferring with a passionate enemy of the president about actions to take is legitimate, considering the potential role he could have played in the election had the town hall gone off as planned.
Questions had already arisen about the impartiality or the C-SPAN senior executive producer.
As noted by Joe Concha, media reporter for The Hill, incidents like this “underscore mistrust [in the] media.”
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 media. https://t.co/Ipkv0CVUCA
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) October 9, 2020
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
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. https://t.co/g9VtAMAhKT
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 9, 2020
I thought the initial critique of Scully was unwarranted, but then he asked one of the the most vapid blowhards in the game right now for advice on how to respond to Donald Trump. https://t.co/BhE2aYUlT0
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 9, 2020
THIS is disqualifying.
The commission on presidential debates should replace Steve Scully immediately. https://t.co/eTz4t6zyim
— thebradfordfile™ (@thebradfordfile) October 9, 2020
Scully was set to be the moderator for the second debate…
Not a great look. This needs a public explanation. https://t.co/Om3Mt2PLDo
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) October 9, 2020
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) October 9, 2020
This is the moderator of the 2nd debate. He’s not even smart enough to hide his Trump hatred.
The Presidential Debate Commission is a joke and so are their moderators. https://t.co/PjvAN6tWGy
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) October 9, 2020
OOF… you’re not going to recover from this one.
— Evan Kilgore 🍊 (@EvanAKilgore) October 9, 2020
I believe that was supposed to be Wallace.
— Billy Bo (@Bill1970KG) October 9, 2020
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