It was clear, during the first presidential debate, that President Donald Trump wasn’t just debating Joe Biden, but also the so-called moderator, the Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace. It now appears that we can expect more of the same in the second debate.
Fox reports that the Trump campaign on Thursday exposed C-SPAN anchor Steve Scully, the man who will be moderating that next presidential debate, as having worked for both the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) and, get this, Joe Biden.
Get ready for another biased debate moderator
According to Marie Claire, Scully interned for Biden when, as a student, he went to Washington D.C. But, his ties to Biden are deeper than that.
On Thursday, a tweet of Scully’s from 2016 started circulating the internet. The tweet contains a photo of Scully with Biden, and Scully wrote in the caption, “Gotta love the @VP at the Biden Beach Bash ’16.”
Jason Miller, an advisor to the Trump campaign responded: “Don’t forget to change before the debate, fellas!” And, Team Trump retweeted Scully’s tweet, writing, “This is the guy @debates wants in control of @realDonaldTrump‘s mic at the next debate.” Allowing the moderator to control the microphones in future debates has been in the air since the interruption-heavy first debate – which, by the way, Biden and Wallace started.
Finally, just in case there are any doubts about who Scully is, another tweet of his from 2016 has resurfaced in which he promoted a New York Times opinion piece with the title “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.” In the article, the author, David Brooks, argues that, while supporters of President Trump deserve respect, Trump does not.
For what it’s worth, Scully, earlier this month, said he is committed to being fair “across the board.” We’ll see.
2 on 1
Anything but fair across the board was Wallace in the first debate.
Wallace, as moderator, repeated a number of lies, including that President Trump referred to neo-Nazis in Charlottesville as “very fine people,” that Trump has ended “racial sensitivity training,” that Trump has failed to condemn white supremacists, and so on. Wallace even introduced the un-agreed-upon topic of climate change into the debate, claiming it to be hard science, when it is not, and using that claim to attack President Trump.
Wallace, additionally, failed to clarify the significant difference between voting by mail and voting by absentee ballot – Trump has done the latter – and he failed to control the debate: although, now, he is blaming his failure on President Trump. If Wallace did anything successfully on the night, it was in aiding a struggling Biden – he even got Biden off the hook for the questionable dealings of his son Hunter.
In short, Wallace was anything but impartial. President Trump, at one point, even remarked, “I guess I’m debating you, not him, but that’s okay. I’m not surprised.”
The president, in a tweet on Wednesday, wrote that “Two on one was not surprising, but fun.” If true, then the president is going to have some more fun on October 15th when he is scheduled to face off against Biden and, this time, not Wallace but Scully.