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
Expert on cult movements: Trump’s attempts to falsify reality follows ‘pattern of the Nazis’
Aprominent psychiatrist who spent years studying Nazi Germany has called for mental health professionals to speak out about President Trump's "falsification of reality" ahead of the election, warning that his attacks on the truth echo those of the Nazis.
Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, distinguished professor emeritus at John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a leading psychohistorian who has written extensively about doctors who aided Nazi war crimes, has long called for mental health experts to defy warnings from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and speak out about Trump's mental health. Lifton recently published a book entitled "Losing Reality: On Cults, Cultism, and the Mindset of Political and Religious Zealotry" and was one of the 27 mental health experts featured in "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump," the bestseller edited by Yale psychiatrist Dr. Bandy X. Lee in which mental health professionals assessed the president.
‘We got this’: American left galvanized by death of RBG
The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg sounded a warning for American progressives, thousands of whom -- wracked with ever-deepening concern for the future -- gathered Saturday outside the Supreme Court to honor the late justice.
Under an autumnal sun, a constant stream of families and young people gathered in Washington -- just 45 days from the US presidential election -- to pay homage to the progressive icon, affectionately referred to as "RBG."
"Ruth, I didn't know you, but you affected my life in many ways," says one of many letters placed at the foot of the court building, among flowers, rainbow flags and Ginsburg bobblehead figurines.
Joe Biden calls Trump’s US Supreme Court push ‘abuse of power’
White House hopeful Joe Biden on Sunday branded Donald Trump's moves to fill a Supreme Court vacancy less than two months before the US presidential election an "abuse of power," as some of the president's own party also objected.
The prospect of an expedited Senate confirmation vote has sparked furious pushback from Democrats desperate to stop Trump moving the court lastingly to the right.
Two Republican senators have also registered their opposition to any rushed vote to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the popular liberal justice who died Friday at 87.
Biden, speaking Sunday in Philadelphia, accused Trump of exercising "raw political power" by attempting to "ram" through his court choice amidst a bitterly fought election campaign.