President Donald Trump refused to participate in a virtual debate with Joe Biden, but he ended up debating someone: town hall moderator Savannah Guthrie, who hosted the Thursday event on NBC that aired at the same time as Biden's town hall on ABC. Trump is known for steamrolling over his opponents with his sheer force of speech, but Guthrie came prepared, calling out President Trump repeatedly on his inaccurate statements and holding his feet to the fire on questions he typically avoids.
On a number of occasions, Guthrie told the president in no uncertain terms that he had lied, even as the president spoke over her and attempted to deflect. Twitter is roundly praising Guthrie for pulling off what many of her competitors have failed at: Forcing Trump to answer questions without his detracting or evading the question, and not allowing him to interrupt her.
"You're Not Like Someone's Crazy Uncle"
Savannah Guthrie: "I don't get that. You're the president. You're not like someone's crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever."October 16, 2020
Savannah Guthrie for the win. Trump talking about retweeting conspiracy theories and Savannah nails him with a “You're not like someone's crazy uncle who can retweet whatever”... https://t.co/P5kiywvTHROctober 16, 2020
I think the suburban women will love Trump telling Savannah Guthrie sarcastically that she is "so cute."October 16, 2020
Not sure this performance is best way to ask suburban women to “please like" him.October 16, 2020
She's Being Persistent
Savannah Guthrie is doing very well so far in this format. She’s being direct, persistent, correcting misinformation and not letting the president avoid answering questions. Future debate moderators should take notes.October 16, 2020
Savannah Guthrie is doing what I’ve been waiting four years for someone to do.October 16, 2020
"Fire Hose of Nonsense"
Savannah’s doing a fine job of pressing Trump but only so much you can do with a fire hose of nonsenseOctober 16, 2020
It's Like a Debate
The second debate:President Trump vs. Savannah GuthrieOctober 16, 2020
She is remarkably successful at interrupting the president. She cuts in and he yields. I don't know what the secret is. https://t.co/YjmOhHe2M1October 16, 2020
I would like to propose a Trump town hall moderated by @SavannahGuthrie every night between now and election day.October 16, 2020
Savannah Guthrie is pressing Pres Trump on stopping then restarting COVID relief negotiations. Trump explains his changing positions by saying, We’re negotiating.Guthrie smartly adds: But people’s lives are hanging in the balance.October 16, 2020
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