2020-10-16 15:13:37 UTC
*President Trump complained Joe Biden wasn't asked about son Hunter Biden's
emails with the Ukraine during his town hall
*'Biden had a very bad showing ... despite the fact that @GStephanopoulos didnt
ask him any questions on his being a corrupt politician,' Trump tweeted
*Trump and Biden had dueling town halls in place of second debate
*Trump had a combative performance where Biden was more measured
*President spent Friday morning in a tweet storm
President Donald Trump on Friday complained that his Democratic rival Joe Biden
wasn't asked about his son Hunter's emails about the Ukraine during his town
Coming off a combative town hall of his own with NBC's Savannah Guthrie, Trump
spent Friday morning in a tweet storm - sending off more than 30 missives
featuring complaints about the Bidens, praise for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and
an accusation that Twitter was down on Thursday to slow the online spread of a
story about Hunter Biden's laptop.
The president claimed his Biden had a 'very bad showing' at his town hall with
ABC's George Stephanopoulos and slammed the network for not asking about Hunter.
'Sleepy Joe Biden had a very bad showing last night, despite the fact that
@GStephanopoulos didnt ask him any questions on his being a corrupt
politician. Big Tech & Lamestream Media are working hard to hide this
corruption!!!,' Trump wrote.
Trump echoed criticism from conservatives, who complained that Guthrie
interrupted Trump with a 'question every 12 seconds' while Stephanopoulos was
accused of forgetting to ask Joe Biden about his son Hunter's emails.
In his combative town hall, Trump struggled to answer questions about his COVID
testing, his taxes and his debt.
The two presidential contenders had dueling town halls Thursday night in place
of the second presidential debate that was canceled after Trump refused to
The president, however, tooted his own horn Friday morning, claiming he got
'good reviews' and, that thanks to 'strong' poll numbers, a Republican wave was
coming on November 3.
'Very good reviews on last nights @NBCNews Town Hall in Miami. Thank you!!!,'
And he wrote: 'Polls numbers are looking very strong. Big crowds, great
enthusiasm. Massive RED WAVE coming!!!'
Biden leads Trump in most major polls both nationally and in critical
battleground states. In the RealClearPolitics polling average, Biden leads Trump
by 9 points.
The split-screen town halls Thursday night could not have been more different:
while Stephanopoulos barely interrupted Biden, Guthrie asked more questions than
the undecided voters the evening was dedicated to and challenged Trump
repeatedly in a way the president doesn't usually experience, given his
preference for interviews with friendlier news outlets.
'Let's waste a whole show,' he snapped at her when she asked him about the
retweets on his Twitter feed, which have contained QAnon conspiracy theories and
unproven claims Seal Team Six killed Osama bin Laden's body double.
'You're not somebody's crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever,' Guthrie told
him as she pressed him on the issue.
She kept the president on his toes with quick questions and repeated follow ups,
pushing him to answer questions he tried to deflect away - which conservative
backers of Trump said was proof of media bias.
But soon after the debate ended, Trump's campaign boasted he had 'defeated
opponent' Guthrie, saying he had 'masterfully handled her attacks'.
During the evening, the president appeared to admit he owes more than $400
million to creditors, denied knowing about QAnon while praising them for
fighting pedophilia, and declined to say if he was tested for COVID the day of
his first presidential debate.
Unmentioned by either ABC or NBC or by Trump or Biden were Hunter Biden's
emails, which were revealed by Rudy Giuliani, Trump's personal attorney, earlier
this week and raised questions over his business dealings in Ukraine and China
and whether he used his father to further them. Also unmentioned was the storm
over Twitter banning distribution of stories about it on its platform.
The president accused Twitter of shutting down on Thursday to slow the
distribution of the Hunter Biden story. He tweeted an article from a satire
website titled: 'Twitter Shuts Down Entire Network To Slow Spread Of Negative
Biden News' and added his own commentary: 'Wow, this has never been done in
history. This includes his really bad interview last night. Why is Twitter doing
this. Bringing more attention to Sleepy Joe & Big T.'
He later clarified that his 'Big T' reference was to Big Tech and not to Trump.
'Big T was not a reference to me, but rather to Big Tech, which should have been
properly pointed out in Twitters Fake Trending Section!,' he tweeted.
Twitter blocked the accounts of Trump's campaign and the personal account of
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany after they shared stories about
Hunter Biden's Ukraine emails.
The links blocked by Twitter contained stories about emails between Hunter Biden
and a Ukraine official who claimed he'd been introduced to Joe Biden. It also
contained images of Hunter Biden.
The information was provided by Rudy Giuliani to the New York Post after a
computer repair store owner said he'd found it on a hard drive.
The store owner said a man who he was unable to identify brought three computers
into his store for repair last fall. He said he then made a copy of the emails
and images on the hard drive, and provided it to the FBI and to Giuliani,
The original stories, which also also contained business email addresses,
purported to expose corrupt dealings by Joe Biden and his son in Ukraine.
Senate Republicans announced Thursday they plan to haul in Twitter chief Jack
Dorsey for testimony about social media companies blocking users from sharing
the explosive reports about Hunter Biden..
They plan to subpoena Dorsey to appear before the Judiciary Committee days
before Election Day.
'We have seen big tech, we've seen Twitter and Facebook actively interfering in
this election in a way that has no precedent in the history of our country,'
fumed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Dorsey apologized Thursday for the company's speedy action, which he said lacked
Twitter initially said the story violated policies on 'hacked materials' and on
'personal and private information.'
'Our communication around our actions on the NYPost article was not great. And
blocking URL sharing via tweet or DM with zero context as to why we're blocking:
unacceptable,' Dorsey said.
He then linked to a statement from the company that said it was restricting the
link because 'personal and private information' had been shared in the story.