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Trump Campaign Shreds ‘Biden Surrogate’ Savannah Guthrie After Combative Town Hall
US President Donald Trump participates in an NBC News town hall event moderated by Savannah Guthrie at the Perez Art Museum in Miami on October 15, 2020.

The Trump campaign slammed NBC host Savannah Guthrie on Thursday night following her combative town hall with President Donald Trump, saying that the president “soundly defeated” her.

“Even though the commission canceled the in-person debate that could have happened tonight, one occurred anyway, and President Trump soundly defeated NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in her role as debate opponent and Joe Biden surrogate,” the campaign said in a statement. “President Trump masterfully handled Guthrie’s attacks and interacted warmly and effectively with the voters in the room.”

The campaign also took a shot at Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden and ABC News host George Stephanopoulos, who hosted Biden during a competing town hall event scheduled at the same time, noting that Biden was given a much easier path to navigate.

“Over on ABC it was a completely different scene, as once again Biden was kept comfortable and away from any questions that might challenge him,” the statement continued. “Americans can see that President Trump is leading the country, has built the economy to the best in the world once and is doing it again, and quite clearly has accomplished more in 47 months than Biden has in 47 years as a failed Washington politician.”

The Trump campaign’s statement comes after Guthrie was widely criticized on social media over her performance during the town hall.

Federalist co-founder Sean Davis wrote: “If Guthrie had been half as civilized and professional as the questioners—for example, asking a question and then politely listening to the answer without having a temper tantrum—that would’ve been a really illuminating debate. Instead, she went Full Clown and Trump stomped her.”

Podcast host Ben Shapiro wrote: “Congratulations to Savannah Guthrie on her appointment as Joe Biden’s White House press secretary!”

Political commentator Lisa Boothe added: “LOL, love how Savannah Guthrie says we will take more questions after the break when we are 44 minutes in and it’s just been her badgering President Trump!”

Federalist co-founder Ben Domenech added: “The questions from the voters were great! The questions from Savannah Guthrie, not so much. Half townhall, half debate. Voters are better at this than the experts.”

Media reporter Joe Concha highlighted one particular instance of Guthrie’s aggressiveness that encapsulated her hostility toward the president, writing: “Trump denounces White Supremacy multiple times. Savannah Guthrie follows by accusing Trump of dodging. This is already an absolute joke. And does the audience get to ask questions? Trump pushes back by asking why Lester Holt didn’t ask about Antifa. Trump denounces white supremacy a good four times. Guthrie: ‘It sounds like you’re dodging.’”

Political commentator and podcast host Megyn Kelly noted: “So far, this is not a town hall for voters, it is designed to appease the angry NBC employees/Dems who are pissed off Trump’s on NBC at all.”

Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer wrote: “I just switched to NBC since ABC is in a commercial. Savannah Guthrie has interrupted Trump in these 60 seconds more than Stephanopoulos has done to Biden in 40 mins. NBC is an interrogation. ABC is a picnic.”

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