CPD Won’t Indulge Trump’s Claims Of Bias Ahead Of Debate

US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media upon arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on October 19, 2020. Trump is heading to Prescott, Arizona for a campaign rally. -... US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media upon arrival at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona on October 19, 2020. Trump is heading to Prescott, Arizona for a campaign rally. - US President Donald Trump went after top government scientist Anthony Fauci in a call with campaign staffers on October 19, 2020, suggesting the hugely respected and popular doctor was an "idiot." (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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The Commission on Presidential Debates refuted President Trump’s complaint that the nonpartisan organization is enacting “pro-Biden antics” just days before his final presidential debate against Democratic rival Joe Biden.

In a scathing letter issued to the CPD on Monday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien griped about the absence of foreign policy as one of the six topics selected for the final presidential debate, which were chosen by moderator Kristen Welker of NBC News. Welker announced earlier Monday that debate topics include: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,” “National Security,” and “Leadership.”

Stepien’s letter to the CPD was issued amid Trump waging attacks against Welker days before she is set to moderate the final presidential debate. On Tuesday morning, the President told “Fox and Friends” that Welker “cannot be neutral at all.” Trump told supporters in Prescott, Arizona the day before that Welker is a “radical Democrat” — echoing his attacks against the NBC White House correspondent on Saturday when he quote-tweeted his son, Donald Trump Jr., who linked to a New York Post article claiming that the White House correspondent has “deep Democratic ties.”

A spokesperson for Welker told TPM on Monday that Welker is not a registered Democrat and has been a “registered independent in D.C. since 2012, almost a decade.”

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the CPD appeared to hit back at Stepien’s letter that demanded the nonpartisan organization to “recalibrate the topics and return to subjects which had already been confirmed.” The CPD defended Welker and cited Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller’s remarks to Fox News earlier this month.

Prior to Trump pulling out of the second presidential debate that was originally scheduled Oct. 15, after the CPD announced that it would be virtual in light of the President’s COVID-19 diagnosis earlier this month, Miller said that he has a “very high opinion” of Welker and that she will “do an excellent job as the moderator for the third debate.”

Trump’s attacks against Welker follow his other recent complaints about previous debate moderators.

On Tuesday, Trump ripped Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who moderated the disastrous first presidential debate that the President hijacked, by calling him “terrible” and suggesting he had only been neutral “to himself.”

The President swiped at NBC “Today” show anchor Savannah Guthrie on Friday, who grilled the President as she moderated an NBC News town hall the night before, by telling attendees at an event in Fort Myers, Florida that he “had someone going totally crazy last night.”

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  1. Avatar for tao tao says:

    …debate topics include: “Fighting COVID-19,” “American Families,” “Race in America,” “Climate Change,”

    What’s his beef? All five of these topics are things he has been fighting since day one.

  2. Avatar for n_b n_b says:

    So, the Fox News guys wasn’t good enough and anyone to the left of him has to be a fascist socialist Kenyan Muslim, right?

  3. Trump is fighting everything. He has no ideas. Therefore, he cannot debate. He can only scream while throwing tantrums. He is being Trump. He is losing. Bigly. Yugely. It’s going to be a fucking landslide.

    He claimed that Biden was the weakest/worst candidate of all time. Again, Trump was projecting. We all know who is the weakest/worst candidate of all time.

  4. Avatar for iamwil iamwil says:

    I wonder if Trump is practicing via mock debates, and who his opponents are in those mock debates?

  5. Avatar for erik_t erik_t says:

    I may be A Idiot, but the campaigns both agreed to these structures and these moderators months ago, did they not? I know DJT is not especially familiar with being held to the terms of an agreement he made, but c’mon.

    Weak shit.

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