Second Debate Moderator Shared “Never Trump” Article
The second presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden is set to be plagued with allegations of bias, and it hasn’t even happened yet.
Scheduled for October 15th, the second debate will be moderated by C-SPAN’s political editor Steve Scully. He’s one of the hosts for the call-in show “Washington Journal” and the C-SPAN podcast “The Weekly.” He also previously served on the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association for nearly a decade.
As many have already reported on, one of Scully’s first jobs was an unpaid internship for Joe Biden when he was eighteen years old, which involved him working Biden’s mail room.
While that was over four decades ago, there’s plenty of recent evidence to suggest he’ll favor Biden over Trump, such as his invite to the 2016 “Biden Beach Bash.”
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) June 4, 2016
The Trump campaign took note and complained “This is the guy [the Debate Commission] wants in control of [President Donald Trump’s] mic at the next debate” a campaign twitter account responded to the photo of Biden and Scully together.
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 1, 2020
Scully has heaped praise on Biden in the past too.
VP Biden is on fire right now before the NAACP convention
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) July 12, 2012
When Trump was still a candidate, Scully tweeted a “Never Trump” article from the New York Times’ David Brooks, which argued “Donald Trump is an affront to basic standards of honesty, virtue and citizenship. He pollutes the atmosphere in which our children are raised. He has already shredded the unspoken rules of political civility that make conversation possible. In his savage regime, public life is just a dog-eat-dog war of all against all.”
No, Not Trump, Not Ever https://t.co/PFvHTeQSZu
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) March 18, 2016
Discussing the upcoming Debate, Scully said to Erie News Now that he expects it to be similar to his C-SPAN show, but joked that he’ll miss his mute button. “The only difference is that I have the ability to hit the mute button, so I’m able to do that on the Washington Journal, not so much in a debate.”
The same day the debate commission announced that they may give the moderator the ability to cut mics.