Trump attacks moderator for second debate over deleted tweet
President Donald Trump on Friday condemned the planned moderator for what was once the second presidential debate over a tweet on Thursday evening that the moderator did not send.
A post on C-SPAN host Steve Scully's Twitter account on Thursday asked Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications director for Trump who has since been a passionate critic of the President, in a since-deleted message, "I should be on Trump react". Trump and his allies were quick to point to the social media message as evidence that Scully is biased against the president.
“Steve Scully, the second debate host, is a Never Trumper, just like the son of the great Mike Wallace. Fix !!! "Trump wrote on Friday, referring to Fox News' Chris Wallace who led the chaotic first debate late last month.
The apparent request for advice from Scully's report came after City Hall was in disarray on October 15, which was due to be moderated by Scully, after the impartial presidential debate committee decided to open the forum virtually in the light of Trump's Covid-19 hold diagnosis. The announcement sparked a day of pointing between the Trump campaign and the campaign by Democrat Joe Biden.
Frank Fahrenkopf, co-founder and Republican co-chair of the Independent Debate Commission, said Friday that Scully's Twitter account was hacked.
"Steve is a man of great integrity," said Fahrenkopf in a radio interview with Brian Kilmeade, Fox News host. "It did not happen."
C-SPAN also said in a statement that Scully "did not create the tweet and believes his account has been hacked".
Scaramucci publicly replied to the tweet in question on Thursday evening before its deletion, writing, “Ignore. It's hard enough for him. A few more bad things that will soon go under. "
On Friday, Scaramucci said he believed Scully's statement that he did not write the tweet.
"I take @SteveScully at his word," wrote Scaramucci minutes before Trump's attack. "Let's not turn people down from our culture for something like that anymore. It doesn't matter. He's an objective journalist."
Hacking has often been used as an explanation for public figures who defend online actions. Former California MP Katie Hill cited it earlier this week after her old Twitter account in Congress posted messages allegedly sent by "Katie's former coworkers" blowing up the upcoming film version of her memoir.
"Control of my account was returned to the domestic worker as soon as I resigned, including password changes and access restrictions," Hill wrote. “God knows who hacked it from there. Reported to @twitter. "
A massive attack on Twitter this summer put high profile accounts at risk from personalities such as former President Barack Obama, former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, and musician and presidential candidate Kanye West.
This violation was part of a Bitcoin program that resulted in charges against a Florida teenager and two adults. The September social media platform urged certain politicians and journalists to strengthen their security passwords to prevent similar attacks.
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