Second Debate Moderator Asks Anthony Scaramucci for Advice on Responding to Trump
On Thursday night, C-SPAN host Steve Scully, scheduled to be the moderator for the second presidential debate, accidentally put out a tweet publicly that was probably meant to be a private message to former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, who is now a fierce Trump opponent.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, read, “@Scaramucci should I respond to trump.”
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) October 9, 2020
Obviously, we cannot know what the context of this tweet was, but after the news broke that Scully was both an intern for then-Senator Joe Biden and a staff assistant for Senator Ted Kennedy, one can only imagine that the context was biased against President Trump.
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) June 4, 2016
This is not the first time Scully’s bias against President Trump has come out. We reported last week that Scully shared a “Never Trump” New York Times article in 2016 on Twitter:
No, Not Trump, Not Ever https://t.co/PFvHTeQSZu
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) March 18, 2016
Since then, on Friday morning, Frank Fahrenkopf, the co-chairman for the Commission on Presidential Debates, told Fox News Radio’s Brian Kilmeade that Scully’s account was hacked and that his tweet to Scaramucci was not sent by Scully himself, saying:
“I don’t know about this question of whether or not he tweeted something out. I do know, and you probably pick up on it in a minute, that he was hacked. There was apparently something now that being was on television and the radio saying that he talked to [Anthony] Scaramucci … and that he’s been talking to Scaramucci, he was hacked. It didn’t happen.”
C-SPAN released a statement along these lines as well, which you can read here.
But even if Scully’s account was hacked, the optics are disastrous. Assuming the debate occurs, Scully must answer for this or recuse himself from the debate. It clearly would be a stacked deck against the President.