The Trump campaign is sounding the alarms over the anti-Trump bias harbored by second debate moderator Steve Scully.
The current C-SPAN anchor once interned for Biden, worked for the late-Ted Kennedy, and tweeted out an op-ed titled “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.”
According to Fox News:
Steve Scully, who serves as a host for C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” interned for Biden after coming to Washington, D.C. as a student, according to Marie Claire. He later worked as a staff assistant for the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., a Democratic icon who was honored at the party’s 2012 convention.
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) June 4, 2016
— Team Trump (Text VOTE to 88022) (@TeamTrump) October 1, 2020
He also previously tweeted a New York Times op-ed titled, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.” In it, the Times’ David Brooks concludes: “Trump’s supporters deserve respect. They are left out of this economy. But Trump himself? No, not Trump, not ever.”
Scully’s past provoked criticism from some and concerns about potential bias at the debate, which is scheduled for Oct. 15. “How is this even possible?” Dan Gainor, vice president of the conservative Media Research Center, asked Fox News. “When they picked the moderator did they try to ensure that it would be biased to benefit Biden? This is the equivalent of giving the Democrats home-field advantage.”
At the beginning of September, Scully did an interview in which he committed to being fair “across the board.” He said his training as a backup moderator in 2016 helped him prepare for his role this election. Scully’s debate will be a townhall format at the Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, Florida.
Many bemoaned the bias exhibited by Fox News’ Chris Wallace but it appears he will be challenged for the most biased moderator of the 2020 debates by Scully.