Last Thursday saw the ‘clash’ of the televised town hall sessions, with President Trump doing his thing on NBC (and associated cable channels, CNBC and MSNBC and YouTube), facing Suzanne Guthrie, while VP Biden was on ABC (and YouTube), facing George Stephanopoulos. NBC annoyed many by deciding to set up a directly competing town hall after Biden’s had been set. The President, ever bizarre, then insulted NBC for “setting him up”:
By most accounts, President Trump got a bushwhacking from a moderator who fact checked him in real time and dissed some of his stream of false claims. Savannah Guthrie repeatedly grilled Trump on everything from QAnon to the coronavirus pandemic.
During public and campaign events Friday, Trump repeatedly went after Guthrie as “totally crazy.”
VP Biden got an easier ride and laid out well his policy platform, free of constant interruptions.
The president had hoped to upstage the contender with better ratings but lost that battle, too. Biden got 14+ million viewers to Trump’s 13.5 million. (The first presidential debate drew an audience of about 73.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen, while the vice presidential debate drew about 57.9 million.)
Trump came across as his usual nasty self: