Donald Trump refuses to denounce QAnon at NBC town hall

Ruben Fields
October 16, 2020

"They do have a right to know where I'll stand and they'll have a right to know where I stand before they vote", Biden said, when asked whether voters had a right to know where he stands on the issue of expanding the court.

"I know nothing about QAnon", Trump responded.

During the first manic round of questioning, Trump also defended retweeting bonkers conspiracy theories like Bin Laden is still alive - his explanation?

"I just told you", Guthrie insisted. American commentators have explained the difference between the two events and their potential impact on the 2020 presidential campaign.

"You're the president; you're not someone's insane uncle where you just retweet whatever".

There were apparently still hard feelings, given that Muir twice mentioned a nameless "another network" holding a Trump town hall. "And these two men - I'm getting out to get an application to be a lifeguard in the African-American community because there was a big swimming pool complex - and, uh, these two men, well dressed, leaned up and hugged one another and kissed one another, and I'm getting out of the vehicle at the light and I turned to my dad, and my dad looked at me and said, 'Joey, it's simple, they love each other'".

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Guthrie tried to fact check Trump at other times, including when he claimed that mask wearing doesn't help.

"That was a retweet, that was an opinion of somebody". It was 90 minutes of nothing new, nothing eventful, nothing earth-shattering. I wonder if they'll treat me as well as Sleepy Joe?

However, what struck Schantz is that at no point did ABC's George Stephanopoulos bring up the controversial financial dealings of Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, which have popped up in the press and on social media following a recent exposé by the New York Post. "Joe Biden gave thoughtful answers to voters' questions about Covid-19, taxes, racial equity, climate change, and more.1,100 miles away, and in a false, alternate reality of his own making, President Trump was combative and lashed out at voters".

Has Town Hall Changed the Balance of Power?

The political scientist notes that "the audience members, by and large, were very open and receptive to both presidential candidates, Trump's audience seemed to really like him and Biden continued to answer questions after the town hall was over".

While Trump came off as "the happy warrior", Biden came off as "the confused great uncle", according to Barron.

Biden vowed to say before Election Day whether he will support expanding the number of justices on the Supreme Court if Democrats win the presidency, the Senate and hold the House after November.

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