Trump calls final debate moderator ‘extraordinarily unfair’

Donald Trump complains to Wisconsin crowd that the final debate moderator Kristen Welker will be ‘extraordinarily unfair’ as he’s set to meet Joe Biden on the debate stage a final time

  • President Donald Trump started setting the table to claim the final presidential debate will be unfair 
  • During a campaign stop Saturday night in Wisconsin he attacked the moderator, NBC News’ Kristen Welker 
  • ‘I’ve known her for a long time, she’s extraordinarily unfair but that’s alright,’ Trump said  

President Donald Trump started setting the table to claim that the final presidential debate will be unfair, attacking moderator Kristen Welker during his Saturday night rally in Janesville, Wisconsin. 

‘I’ve known her for a long time, she’s extraordinarily unfair but that’s alright,’ the president complained to the crowd. ‘She deleted her entire account. I wonder why? I can’t imagine.’ 

Welker briefly deactivated her Twitter account Friday on the heels of C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, who was supposed to moderate the cancelled second presidential debate, being put on administrative leave after he lied about a tweet sent to Trump critic Anthony Scaramucci asking for advice. 

President Donald Trump lashed out at NBC's Kristen Welker and said she'll be 'extraordinarily unfair' when she moderates the final presidential debate Thursday, where Trump will face off against Democratic nominee Joe Biden

President Donald Trump lashed out at NBC’s Kristen Welker and said she’ll be ‘extraordinarily unfair’ when she moderates the final presidential debate Thursday, where Trump will face off against Democratic nominee Joe Biden

NBC News' Kristen Welker was selected to moderate the October 22 presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee. The president claimed that Welker had deleted her Twitter account. She paused it after debate moderator Steve Scully was put on leave over lying about a tweet

NBC News’ Kristen Welker was selected to moderate the October 22 presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee. The president claimed that Welker had deleted her Twitter account. She paused it after debate moderator Steve Scully was put on leave over lying about a tweet

Trump had called in to Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel program and referred to Scully as a ‘Never Trumper.’ 

By Saturday, Welker’s Twitter account was turned back on. 

A spokeperson for NBC told DailyMail.com that she ‘she consulted internally, made sure there was two factor authentication and turned it back on.’     

The president had previously been complimentary of Welker, congratulating her at a press conference in Davos, Switzerland in January for being promoted to weekend ‘Today’ anchor.  

On Saturday, Trump didn’t mention Scully but instead pointed a finger at NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, who moderated Thursday night’s town hall with the president in Miami, which took the place of the second debate. 

‘We did very well the other night with a person that I knew was even more unfair, Savannah,’ Trump told the crowd. 

Trump then suggested Guthrie had vanished after the town hall, despite her anchoring the ‘Today’ show the next day. 

‘In fact nobody’s seen Savannah for two days, what happened to Savannah?’ Trump said.  

‘But she was sort of jumping out of her seat, she was like flying. Just like, “I told you, I told you,”‘ he said, attempting to mimic the ‘Today’ show host. 

The president also complained about ‘Fox News Sunday’ host Chris Wallace and the way he handled Trump’s first debate performance onstage with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. 

Trump and Biden are supposed to face-off a final time before the November 3 presidential election on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee. 

The second debate got scratched after Trump refused to participate virtually after contracting COVID-19. 

During Thursday night’s town hall with Guthrie, the president couldn’t recall when he had last tested negative for the coronavirus before testing positive twice on October 1 –  meaning he could have been infected during the first debate. 

The president returned to the campaign trail Monday. 

During his Saturday trip to Michigan and Wisconsin, Trump was with a number of officials who recently recovered from the virus including Sen. Ron Johnson, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel. 

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