The journalist set to moderate the second presidential debate has close ties to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, according to the Trump campaign.
Steve Scully, who hosts C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” interned for Biden while he was a college student, according to Marie Claire.
He then worked for the late “liberal lion” Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., and has remained close to the Biden family for several years.
This week, a picture he had taken with Biden in 2016 resurfaced:
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) June 4, 2016
Also in 2016, Scully tweeted a New York Times article with the headline, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever.”
No, Not Trump, Not Ever https://t.co/PFvHTeQSZu
— Steve Scully (@SteveScully) March 18, 2016
After the first presidential debate, in which moderator Chris Wallace sparred with President Trump while letting Biden avoid an important question about court-packing, the president’s team is understandably wary.
But Trump should expect to be up against biased moderators for the duration of the campaign, according to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
1/x Everyone agrees Tuesday’s debate was a train wreck. A major contributing fact was the moderator Chris Wallace, a registered Democrat, repeatedly interrupting to try to help Joe Biden. The next debate is set to be moderated by a former intern to…Joe Biden. (And Ted Kennedy.)
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) October 1, 2020
Other conservatives have called on Scully to recuse himself:
— Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) October 1, 2020
I know Steve didn’t mean this.
He’ll be fair at the debate, amirite? https://t.co/J6FK3kWTFj
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) October 1, 2020