Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday asked the Commission on Presidential Debates to move up the last presidential debate to the first week in September, according to Axios. In his letter to the commission, he also included a list of suggested moderators.
The list included several mainstream journalists, such as Norah O’Donnell of CBS News and David Muir of ABC News. But it also contained a number of right-wing pundits, like Hugh Hewitt.
On Debate Moderators:
– 40% of Trump suggestions are Fox News or Fox Business affiliates.
– Chris Wallace & Lester Holt, 2016 moderators, not on the list. (Or Jonathan Swan!)
– Campaigns do NOT pick moderators. It's solely at discretion of @debates. So this is gamesmanship.
— Michael M. Grynbaum (@grynbaum) August 5, 2020
The full list includes Bret Baier, Gerry Baker, Maria Bartiromo, Shannon Bream, David Brody, Rachel Campos-Duffy, Kevin Cirilli, Larry Elder, Saagar Enjeti, Harris Faulkner, Major Garrett, Michael Goodwin, Ambrosio Hernandez, Joe Kernen, Hoda Kotb, Susan Li, Bill Hemmer, Hugh Hewitt, Tom Llamas, Dagen McDowell, David Muir, Norah O’Donnell, Charles Payne, and Rick Santelli.
CNN’s Daniel Dale noted that a number of people on the list had “given Trump fawning softball interviews.”
The list quickly ignited mockery on Twitter:
but we know Trump needs weak moderators
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) August 5, 2020
Surprised Roger Stone did not make final cut for Trump debate moderator list. So unfair.
— Francis Wilkinson (@fdwilkinson) August 5, 2020
Trump’s moderator list includes ZERO “reporters” from CNN
— Jewish Deplorable (Parler: TrumpJew) (@TrumpJew) August 5, 2020
One thing that stands out from this hilarious list of Trump-approved moderators, is that there is no Democratic equivalent of these people: loyally partisan shameless bullshit peddlers.
The shameless leftwing grifters scorn both parties. Closest equivalent would be consultants. https://t.co/kUWfOFwqBr
— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) August 5, 2020
Rachel Campos-Duffy. Sean Duffy’s wife.
I am confused. It’s a debate not an MTV show.
— Jackie Daytona Fan Account (@Kathmandu513) August 5, 2020
It’s kinda fitting that @realDonaldTrump chose someone who’s being investigated by a grand jury to be his debate negotiator.
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) August 5, 2020
So many bootlicking hacks, ha ha ha!
— Popinski (@Popinski1) August 5, 2020
Fox&Friends the debate edition. https://t.co/3FHYsz7wO2
— Amr Khalifa (@Cairo67Unedited) August 5, 2020
There is some irony that Santelli is a suggested moderator given that Santelli's rant on the Chicago trading floor birthed the Tea Party, which morphed into Trumpism https://t.co/zfoNArPkQz
— Eric Michael Garcia (@EricMGarcia) August 5, 2020
Man, how insulting would it be to be an acceptable moderator to Donald Trump? That means you’ve done a terrible job as a journalist. https://t.co/GZElhrr04G
— Ben Yelin (@byelin) August 5, 2020
Why not just have diamond and silk be the moderators
— Noho hizzy 🇵🇹🇺🇸 (@_chedEARTHLING) August 5, 2020
Exiled Trump lawyer Sidney Powell misspells ‘district’ two different ways in purported ‘epic’ Georgia lawsuit
Exiled Trump attorney Sidney Powell vowed to file an "epic" lawsuit against the state of Georgia to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win in the state -- but it seems the lawsuit is marred by some epic spelling errors.
Bloomberg reports that Powell's lawsuit misspells the word "district" twice in two different ways.
Adam Schiff: ‘A president cannot pardon himself’ and the ‘constitution is not a suicide pact’
Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) appeared on CNN Wednesday to discuss the pardon of Michael Flynn by President Donald J. Trump and the question arose regarding whether or not the president could, in fact, pardon himself.
"The Justice Department has taken the position that a president cannot pardon himself," Schiff said. "It would ultimately be up to [the U.S. Supreme Court] to decide. The Constitution is not a suicide pact."
Flynn was originally charged with admitting that he had misled investigators about details of his conversations with the Russian ambassador during Trump’s presidential transition.
True confessions of a ‘Trump supporter’ who just got donor-shamed by the president
As one of the patriots receiving the Con-Artist-In-Chief’s daily blizzard of fundraising emails, I am able to offer some rare insight into what it’s like to let Dear Leader down. It isn’t pretty.
Now, you probably are wondering what I’m doing receiving emails from the dark side, and I don’t blame you. I don’t recall asking to make this dubious list, but here I am, in a fine position to serve as a treasonous spy.
Sadly, I was just given the bad news that my lifetime Trump-giving record of $0 has not gone unnoticed or unforgiven.
“Friend,” the email from “Trump Donor Record” begins. “Did you see the President’s email? “