October 10, 2020
After the 2020 Vice Presidential debate on October 7th, where incumbent Vice President Mike Pence arguably wiped the floor with VP hopeful Kamala Harris – whose arguments largely consisted of provably incorrect mainstream media talking points (fast forward to 1:55) against President Trump, a refusal to answer questions about her intent to pack the Supreme Court, and even a fabricated Abraham Lincoln quote – rumors swirled of a move by the Biden campaign to cancel the two upcoming Presidential debates.
The morning following the Vice Presidential Debate mainstream news was reporting that the debate commission had decided, without contacting either the Biden or Trump campaigns – so they claim – that a decision was made to change the second Presidential debate to a virtual debate. President Trump immediately released a statement saying that he would refuse a virtual-only debate. He also referenced the accusation that Biden is incapable of speaking for long periods of time without the use of a teleprompter, and referenced a previous accusation that Biden uses teleprompters during what are being sold as impromptu speeches from his basement, as well as other places. Credence was given to this accusation when a member of the Biden campaign refused to say that this accusation was false on live TV.
Biden’s campaign quickly replied to President Trump, citing a safety concern due to the President’s recent COVID-19 infection. President Trump then proposed pushing the debate out a week, citing his doctors’ estimates that Trump would be testing negative and non-infectious as early as Saturday, October 10th. The second debate was supposed to happen on October 15th.
Calling Scully into Question
A bombshell then dropped when the second debate moderator Steve Scully tweeted to Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Director of Communications, who was appointed by and eventually fired by President Trump after only 10 days. Scaramucci then famously turned on Trump and in August of 2020 made it public that he would no longer be supporting Trump’s re-election in 2020. Scaramucci then responded to Scully’s tweet.
Some speculate that the Scully tweet was supposed to be a DM (direct message) to Anthony Scaramucci and wasn’t thought by Scully to be public, though Scully never admitted to this. Rather, Scully blamed hackers for the tweet. President Trump ripped him for the blame shift, and Internet sleuths immediately began digging in to Scully’s past tweets, where it was discovered that at least two times in the past Scully had tried to blame “hackers” for tweets that he regretted sending – one in 2012 and one in 2013.
Some news outlets grabbed the story and started defending Scully, but unless extreme partisan bias is involved, not many people are buying that story – especially given Steve’s past tweets. C-SPAN put out an official statement on Twitter stating that the hacks are being investigated and that they will release more information when it becomes available.
In response we are told now that the second debate has been cancelled completely. After old tweets from Steve Scully began surfacing, Scully made his Twitter account private. Very shortly after that, he deleted the account completely. In the midst of all of this, Kristen Welker of NBC News, who is scheduled to moderate the third Presidential debate of the year, deleted her Twitter account as well.